Nurses Obesity Network Official Position Statement — May 2023

April 25, 2023

This Momentum Discussion by the Gerontological Society of America provides insights into how to kickstart the obesity conversation with older adults. It provides an understanding of the pathophysiology of overweight and obesity in conjunction with an appreciation for communication concerns that affect conversations with older adults.

February 2, 2023

The National Black Nurses Association supports comprehensive efforts to reduce obesity and its devastating effects on morbidity and mortality in minorities. The high mortality and morbidity rates of obesity and its related conditions among Black Americans are staggering. NBNA called upon on the 118th Congress to address Obesity as America’s health calamity during their 35th National Black Nurses Day on Capitol Hill.

December 5, 2022

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) has developed this white paper and related resources as a result of a July 2022 roundtable discussion, which included representatives from several organizations in the Nurses Obesity Network.

November 16, 2022

This Momentum Discussion by the Gerontological Society of America examines why it is vital for health care professionals supporting older adults on their weight loss journey recognize the importance of cultural differences as well as differences in risk based on age, race, or ethnicity. Cultural preferences and views about larger body sizes should also be respected. In this podcast episode, Dr. Rodolfo Galindo, highlights unique cultural beliefs and practices that are prevalent among individuals from the Hispanic community and discusses how providers must recognize and factor them into conversations about weight and obesity.

November 2, 2022

This episode welcomed leading experts, including Nurses Obesity Network Co-Chair, Dr. Loretta T. Lee, to discuss the complex disease of obesity. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to obesity — healthy eating and physical activity alone may not work for everyone. A supportive healthcare provider is key to women feeling comfortable starting the conversation and starting their journey to better health.

November, 2022

This paper examines childhood obesity and was written by Elizabeth Coleman, MSN, CRNP, CPNP-PC – Nursing Instructor and Loretta T. Lee, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, CNE – Associate Professor and Department Vice Chair Family, Community & Health Systems at UAB School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Newsletter: Obesity and Cancer – Breast Cancer Awareness Month — October 2022

Newsletter: Obesity and the Family – National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month — September 2022

Newsletter: HNHN Spotlight & Obesity and the Workplace — August 2022

Newsletter: Obesity and Women’s Health — July 2022

Newsletter: Obesity and Men’s Health — June 2022

News Article: National Black Nurses Association — April 2022

Why Black Nurses Know Best When It Comes to Addressing Our National Obesity Epidemic – Blavity News

Blavity | April 27, 2022 | Martha A. Dawson

Obesity has become an international public crisis that is estimated to lead to multiple physical and mental health issues. Obesity is a multifactorial health issue resulting from eating habits, genetic factors, lack of physical activities and sleeping patterns. There are also socio-political and cultural influences, such as food insecurities, environmental factors and stress. In the U.S., 40% of the population is living with obesity. While no American is immune to this complex and chronic disease, Black Americans are disproportionately impacted, with nearly half of Black adults living with obesity nationwide.

Press Release: Nurses Obesity Network Coalition Launch — April 2022

Newsletter: Obesity Care Week — March 2022

Nurses Obesity Network One-Page Overview