Updated obesity treatment guidelines for children and teens include medications, surgery for some young people

Published January 9, 2023


CNN quoted Myles Faith in an article on updated American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for the treatment of obesity in children and teens. The guidelines are the first comprehensive update to the academy’s obesity treatment guidelines in 15 years. Faith praised the new report for acknowledging that the causes of childhood obesity are complex and that its treatments must be a team effort. “It’s not one cause for all kids. There’s not been this kind of report to say that there are more options and that we shouldn’t automatically discount the possibility of medication, that we shouldn’t discount the role of surgery. For some families, it might be something to consider,” said Faith.

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