‘That scares me’: Paula Quatromoni quoted in STAT on Childhood Obesity Guidelines

(03/20/2023, STAT)

Expert Quote:

“That [the drug and bariatric surgery recommendations] scares me. Because that is a very aggressive recommendation that could potentially lead someone to permanent surgical intervention that, for the rest of their lives, has changed the physical anatomy of their GI tract. And I’m talking about someone who may be a teenager, still, when this decision is made for them… I can tell you about adults who have told me that they’ve basically been coerced into considering bariatric surgery by their doctors. Everybody wants to believe that every child has educated parents with the resources and the knowledge and the autonomy to make these decisions. And that’s not true.” – Paula Quatromoni, associate professor of nutrition and chair, Department of Health Sciences

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