The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released new guidelines recommending drugs and surgery as a possible treatment for childhood obesity. This recommendation has sparked major controversy, with many health professionals arguing that such treatments are not only unnecessary but also potentially dangerous.
The guidelines state that drugs and surgery should only be used as a last resort after other treatments have failed. However, many experts argue that these treatments should never be used at all, as they can have serious physical and psychological side effects. For example, drugs used to treat obesity can lead to increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Surgery carries its own risks, including infection, blood clots, and even death.
Furthermore, there is evidence that these treatments are not even effective in the long-term. Studies have found that most children who take drugs or undergo surgery to treat obesity gain the weight back within five years. This suggests that these treatments are simply not sustainable.
Instead of relying on drugs and surgery, experts suggest that a more holistic approach is needed to treat and prevent childhood obesity. This includes encouraging healthy eating habits, increasing physical activity, and providing emotional support to children and families.
It is clear that the AAP’s recommendation to use drugs and surgery to treat childhood obesity is a bad idea. Not only are these treatments potentially dangerous, but they are also ineffective and unsustainable. It is essential that we focus on more holistic approaches to treating and preventing obesity in children.