Jordan is a 14 year old middle school student, weighing 275 pounds and is 5’6” tall. Over the past 2 years, he has gained 60 pounds, as he has begun to withdraw from social activities, and avoid other students, due to bullying from others his age about his weight/appearance. Lately, Jordan has been missing a great deal of school too, particularly on the days he has gym. Jordan’s parents are both average in height and weight, and Jordan’s mother says that he just takes after his grandfather William, who “was a husky man, and died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 44”. She says “We just have fat genes in the family; you can’t do anything about that”!
He has been told he had “no willpower, or is weak, or that he needed to change his lifestyle, eat less and exercise more.” Jordan says “I go for a couple days without eating, but then I get so hungry that I could eat the couch” and Jordan says “I go for a couple days without eating, but then I get so hungry that I could eat the couch”!
Jason has recently been diagnosed with gallbladder disease and has symptoms that typically occur after eating that include mild pain in the mid-epigastric region, radiating to the right upper quadrant of the abdomen and right subscapular area of the body. You are the nurse assigned to Jason.