Andra Opalinski, MSN, CPNP, RN, is an Advanced Practice Nurse and Predoctoral Fellow, School of Nursing, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO.
Pouring Rights Contracts and Childhood Overweight: A Critical Theory Perspective
Version of Record online: 21 SEP 2006
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume 11, Issue 4, pages 234–243, October 2006
How to Cite
Opalinski, A. (2006), Pouring Rights Contracts and Childhood Overweight: A Critical Theory Perspective. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 11: 234–243. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6155.2006.00075.x
- Issue online: 21 SEP 2006
- Version of Record online: 21 SEP 2006
- Accepted for publication April 5, 2006.
- Childhood obesity;
- critical theory;
- pouring rights contracts;
- social ecology
PURPOSE. To examine school environments, and in particular, pouring rights contracts and how they relate to childhood overweight from a critical theory perspective.
CONCLUSIONS. Pouring rights contracts provide a profit to powerful mega-corporations at the expense of children's health. There is a need to move beyond a solely individual approach to addressing childhood overweight and involve a social ecology approach. This would involve a push for social change, including removal of soda machines from schools, and changing marketing practices targeted at children.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Nurses are poised in community situations to actively effect social changes to improve health outcomes of our nation's most vulnerable people, but nurses must get involved.