When it comes to children’s health, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has helped craft policy on everything from car seats to school start times to vaccines. But their recently released guidelines for evaluating and treating childhood "obesity" has been more controversial.
Beyond diet and exercise tips, the AAP now suggests medications and even surgery for some cases. They state that some kids aged 12 and older who have “obesity” may need pharmacotherapy (medication), and some who are 13 and older should be evaluated for surgical treatment.
These treatments might be hard for some parents to find, let alone afford. They could also cause further social and emotional consequences for children who have already experienced the shame, low self-esteem, and lost sense of bodily agency that can result from an "obesity" diagnosis. But even the AAP’s less damaging nutrition, exercise, and behavioral therapy guidance alone can be difficult for parents to access.
To explore perceptions about these new recommendations, Within Health surveyed over 1,000 parents about whether they support them and if they would (or could) follow them.
Our care teams deliver extraordinary outcomes for people from all walks of life who suffer from eating disorders. No matter your age, language, or background, Within Health can create an effective treatment plan just for you.
We surveyed 1,024 parents about their perceptions of the AAP’s new guidelines for childhood and adolescent obesity. The results were collected between January 17-18, 2023.
Learn something interesting from our findings that you’d like to share? You’re welcome to do so for any noncommercial purpose, so long as you include a link to this page in doing so.