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The debate over adolescent bariatric operations

Operations to treat obesity are proven to help in many cases but remain controversial

“What happened to young people being active? Don’t parents make young kids and teens go out and play anymore?”

“Why the heck aren’t these kids tossed in a gym and given reasonable, healthy food to lose weight? Americans are too desperate for a quick fix that they don’t have to put any effort into!”

These are just a few comments people made in reaction to a news story about teenage bariatric surgery. Though the commenters’ concerns aren’t entirely off base, the “Pick yourselves up by the bootstraps” mentality represents a lot of misconceptions about childhood obesity and its treatments. No one’s denying the importance of exercise and parental influence in the battle against childhood obesity, but citing it as the epidemic’s only contributing factors is a gross oversimplification.

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