The American Academy of Pediatrics is pushing drugs and surgery as the obvious “fixes” to childhood obesity, despite evidence that such radical means are failing to fix the root of the problem.
Child Obesity Epidemic Intensified During COVID-19 Pandemic
The new clinical guidelines of the AAP for treating overweight children rely heavily on both surgery and weight loss drugs.
This is causing critics to question why the woke organization decided to push “solutions” that generate profit, The Defender reported. The new AAP guidelines on combatting childhood obesity come at a time when the problem has reached absolutely alarming proportions.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least one in five American children and teens are obese; obesity easily qualifies as one of the top pediatric chronic illnesses in the country.
Obesity rates are exceptionally high among children from poorer households.
Fat kids find themselves at an increased risk of getting various types of illnesses, not to mention the psychological consequences of stigmatization or the potentially higher cost of healthcare.
CDC data shows the childhood obesity problem in the United States has been particularly exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before the pandemic, the share of obese children in America was growing by 0.07% a month. It is now increasing by 0.37% per month, which is five times faster, compared with the pre-pandemic period.
According to public health experts, a perfect storm of various factors has caused obesity in American children to worsen substantially during and after the coronavirus lockdowns.
Those include economic and financial hardship, heightened food insecurity, shutdowns, reduced physical activity, and the overall psychological effects of the other developments.
Childhood obesity is a disease with genetic, social and environmental factors – not something caused by individual choices, the AAP said. https://t.co/RCA6liMlUF
— ABC11 EyewitnessNews (@ABC11_WTVD) January 9, 2023
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued updated guidance in 15 years for treating childhood obesity, including — for the first time — medication and surgery. https://t.co/2nY9KEaFgd
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution (@ajc) January 11, 2023
The two big takeaways from the AAP’s recommendation: Anti-obesity drugs for Children 12 and older or Surgery for kids 13 and older. https://t.co/yWwF31VJjg
— ABC Action News (@abcactionnews) January 11, 2023
In Drugs and Surgery the AAP Trusts
Against that back, the new clinical guidelines released earlier this week bet heavily on physicians pushing fat kids to indulge in weight loss medications and undergo surgeries.
The new document is the first time the AAP’s guidelines on children’s obesity have been updated in the past 15 years.
Yet, while it claims that there are complex factors behind the phenomenon, its recommendations disparage prevention, double down on drugs and surgical interventions, and fail to address their risks or adverse effects, The Defender report elaborates.
It quotes a critic of the AAP guidelines, Dr. Michelle Perro, who declared the organization’s latest recommendations were “misguided,” while also “negating the root causes” of the problem.
Perro, who is the head of GMO Science, a nonprofit, and the author of a book on how “industrial food” causes child illnesses, emphasized the pediatric body failed to address the substances causing obesity – the “obesogens” – in American children’s food.
She argued the AAP had gone for the “pill for ill” model of putting bandages to mask the problem, which requires the removal of toxicants such as pesticides from children’s meals.
The report also quoted Mary Lou Singleton, a midwife and nurse practitioner, as noting the updated childhood obesity guidelines of the AAP do nothing to analyze or explain the root causes of the severe problem.
According to the AAP, however, obese children aged 12 or higher should be given weight loss drugs, while obese children aged 13 or higher should be deemed prime candidates for bariatric and metabolic surgery.
What. The actual. FUCK.
“After this intensive therapy, weight loss drugs should be considered for adolescents as young as 12, the AAP says, while teens 13 and older with severe obesity should be evaluated for weight loss surgery.”https://t.co/XDsnylWVRG
— Andréa Garcia (They/them) (@mx_dreagarcia) January 12, 2023
The American Academy of #Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a new guidance that recommends drugs and surgery as a way of combating child obesity.
— Chris Woodward (@ReporterChrisW) January 11, 2023