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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Leslie Scott

Clinical Mentor

Kathi Simpson

Committee Member

Dr. Dianna Inman


According to the CDC, childhood obesity is now one of the leading health problems in the United States. Thirty-five percent of adults in the United States are obese. Kentucky is the 12th most obese state for adults. and the 7th most obese state for children. The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, states that Kentucky’s adult obesity rate is currently 31.6 percent. This is up from 21.7 percent in 2000 and 12.7 percent in 1990. Primary care providers must work to help prevent these numbers from continuing to climb. Since our population of children who are overweight or obese is growing, healthcare providers are starting to see co- morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, and psychological issues that used to only be seen in the adult population. To improve the cases and co-morbidities of obesity in the pediatric population, specifically in Owensboro, Kentucky, a survey was developed that was given out to parents at a local pediatric office. This survey was created to collect data that would help providers see patterns in patient populations that may help them identify at risk children and families.