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Our Role in the Battle Against Adolescent Obesity

Our Role in the Battle Against Adolescent Obesity Research Original Investigation Cost-effectiveness of Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents With Obesity Invited Commentary William T. Adamson, MD Our society devotes significant resources to battle adoles- complications seem disproportionally overwhelming. Ado- cent obesity, yet we are clearly not winning. Much of this sup- lescent bariatric surgery has been a hard sell for many refer- port has been directed toward school- and community-based ring pediatric professionals. 1 4 programs, with a goal of changing diet and exercise patterns. Vanguri et al surveyed pediatricians and found that 27% Despite this commitment, barriers to effective treatment of were unaware that bariatric surgery was an option for adoles- adolescent obesity persist, including slow recognition by re- cents. Furthermore, when asked why they would not refer pa- ferring physicians that bariatric surgery can be an effective tients for surgery, 20% cited cost, 49% cited potential com- treatment for some children with obesity. plications, and 17% simply felt bariatric surgery was not The article in this issue of JAMA Surgery by Klebanoff indicated in adolescents. et al eliminates at least 1 barrier: the perception that bariatric However, even if these perceptions are changed, only surgery costs too much. These authors demonstrate that ado- relatively few children http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Surgery American Medical Association

Our Role in the Battle Against Adolescent Obesity

JAMA Surgery , Volume 152 (2) – Feb 26, 2017

Our Role in the Battle Against Adolescent Obesity

Abstract

Research Original Investigation Cost-effectiveness of Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents With Obesity Invited Commentary William T. Adamson, MD Our society devotes significant resources to battle adoles- complications seem disproportionally overwhelming. Ado- cent obesity, yet we are clearly not winning. Much of this sup- lescent bariatric surgery has been a hard sell for many refer- port has been directed toward school- and community-based ring pediatric professionals. 1 4 programs, with a...
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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2017 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
2168-6254
eISSN
2168-6262
DOI
10.1001/jamasurg.2016.3641
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27784059
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Abstract

Research Original Investigation Cost-effectiveness of Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents With Obesity Invited Commentary William T. Adamson, MD Our society devotes significant resources to battle adoles- complications seem disproportionally overwhelming. Ado- cent obesity, yet we are clearly not winning. Much of this sup- lescent bariatric surgery has been a hard sell for many refer- port has been directed toward school- and community-based ring pediatric professionals. 1 4 programs, with a goal of changing diet and exercise patterns. Vanguri et al surveyed pediatricians and found that 27% Despite this commitment, barriers to effective treatment of were unaware that bariatric surgery was an option for adoles- adolescent obesity persist, including slow recognition by re- cents. Furthermore, when asked why they would not refer pa- ferring physicians that bariatric surgery can be an effective tients for surgery, 20% cited cost, 49% cited potential com- treatment for some children with obesity. plications, and 17% simply felt bariatric surgery was not The article in this issue of JAMA Surgery by Klebanoff indicated in adolescents. et al eliminates at least 1 barrier: the perception that bariatric However, even if these perceptions are changed, only surgery costs too much. These authors demonstrate that ado- relatively few children

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JAMA SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 26, 2017

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