Fat of the Land

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines when it comes to childhood obesity. The gist: Overweight kids should be evaluated and treated early and aggressively; that means introducing drug interventions for kids as young as 12 and surgery for those as young as 13. “The guidelines come as new drug treatments for obesity in kids have emerged, including approval late last month of Wegovy, a weekly injection, for use in children ages 12 and older … A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Wegovy, made by Novo Nordisk, helped teens reduce their BMI by about 16% on average.” We can expect drug interventions to expand dramatically due to the increasingly popular and plentiful drugs that help people control blood sugar levels and lose weight. But there’s a reason these drugs are so popular just as there’s a reason an increasing number of kids are obese. And that reason has to do what what we consume. Instead of an ounce of prevention, nutritionists are left to pound sand. But, shouldn’t we focus as much on the obvious cause of the ailment as we do on the potential cure? We don’t because fat cat food lobbyists want processed foods, not processed facts. And the pharma lobbyists are cool with that, too. Let them eat cake. It’s good for business.

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