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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Free Bariatric Surgery for Children

Junkfood Science: Free isn't always a benefit: free bariatric surgery for kids:
"We now have an idea of what the “or else” might be for fat children in the UK who fail to lose weight. Under a new proposal for the clinical management of fat children under NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines, bariatric surgery would be provided for free in children."
I cannot in any circumstance condone bariatric surgery for children. The risks are too high, and children can not give informed consent for a permanently life altering surgery of this nature. Not to mention the malnutrition aspects.

As Sandy at Junk Food Science states:
"As researchers continue to point out, simply calling guidelines evidence-based does not make them so. British researchers, for example, who conducted a careful and extensive review of the clinical evidence on the government’s initiatives for childhood obesity, found no evidence for the effectiveness of monitoring or screening children to prevent or reduce obesity. Disturbingly lacking were studies that credibly examined the potential harm of such programs. Worse, no study identified an effective weight reduction or preventive intervention. Not surprisingly given what is known about childhood obesity, every childhood obesity initiative, even with the most intensive focus on healthy lifestyles and balancing "calories in-calories out", has proven ineffective long-term."