Weight Management Program on Self-Esteem in Adolescent Females Classified as Obese
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Today, nearly 20.5% of young people of in America are overweight or obese, affecting roughly 12.7 million children and adolescents. The obesity trend has been shown to be a precursor not only to physiological ailments but also a major contributor to psychosocial issues. Obesity may be a trigger for low self-esteem with female adolescents presenting unique concerns with regard to the psychological effects of being overweight or obese. The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice project was to determine if participation in a comprehensive weight management program for 50 female adolescents who are classified as overweight or obese significantly improves their self-esteem. The comparison study design measured self-esteem both prior to implementation of the weight management program and following completion of 12 weeks of the program. While the results were not significant, likely due to an unexpectedly low post intervention survey return, many lessons were learned regarding interventions that improve self esteem and benefit the psychosocial well-being of adolescent females as they transition to adulthood. Providers must refocus their attention on obesity in children, actively addressing quality of life concerns with as much fervor as physical concerns.
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