According to the World Health Organization, almost 90% of people with diabetes around the world have type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes is commonly the result of excess of body weight and lack of physical activity.
In the constantly evolving health care world, there many different settings in which advanced practice clinicians, such as nurse practitioners, can choose to work. Advanced practice clinicians can choose a retail clinic setting, the hospital, a primary care physician's practice, as well as other settings.
Obesity is a common issue in the United States. According to the Food Research and Action Center, 68.5% of adults are clinically "overweight" and 34.9% are "obese". This obesity statistic is an increase from 27.1% in 2013 and 25.5% in 2008, and the trend is continuing upward. Other health conditions can be exacerbated by obesity and so it is important to educate patients on how losing weight can not only increase their health and survival, but also contribute to a better overall quality of life.