AAP’s Obesity Treatments Prioritize Big Pharma Over Children’s Health And Wellness

AAP’s Obesity Treatments Prioritize Big Pharma Over Children’s Health And Wellness


In early January, the American Association of Pediatrics published new guidelines promoting expensive weight loss drugs and stomach rerouting surgery for obese children and adolescents, claiming they are “safe and effective.” Not only are active living and clean eating safer, cheaper, and healthier options in the long run, but these promoted extreme treatments could also severely damage childhood development. These drugs and surgeries mostly benefit the AAP’s members and donors who can use these guidelines to squeeze more money out of vulnerable families.  

To induce the most rapid weight loss possible, the AAP recommends several medical treatments for children that could permanently harm their physical and mental development. Among them is a drug called orlistat, a pill that stops fat nutrient absorption in the digestive

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