Introduction to Passing the Certified Bariatric Nurse Exam




© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
Andrew Loveitt, Margaret M. Martin and Marc A. Neff (eds.)Passing the Certified Bariatric Nurses Exam10.1007/978-3-319-41703-5_1


1. Introduction to Passing the Certified Bariatric Nurse Exam



Andrew Loveitt 


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Department of General Surgery, Rowan University, Stratford, NJ, USA

 



 

Andrew Loveitt



Obesity is an epidemic in the United States of America. This may not be news to most but even the experienced healthcare practitioner must find the following statistics startling:



  • 34.9 % or 78.9 million US adults are obese (BMI greater than 30) [1].


  • The annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was estimated to be $147 billion in 2008 [2].


  • Obesity is associated with nearly one in five US deaths [3].

The fight against obesity became prevalent in 1999 when the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first published state-based maps making the rapid progression of obesity across our nation obvious to even the most casual observer (​www.​cdc.​gov/​obesity/​data/​prevalence-maps.​html). The fight has continued to rage and sadly we are losing the battle.

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