Running Head: CAN MEDICATION CURE OBESITY IN CHILDREN? 1Can Medication Cure Obesity in Children?
Running head: CAN MEDICATION CURE OBESITY IN CHILDREN? 3Can Medication Cure Obesity in Children?What Are the Implications of Childhood Obesity?Obesity can be a devastating problem from both an individual and a societal perspective. Obesity puts children at risk for a number of medical complications, including Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and orthopedic problems (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2004, p. 1). Researchers Hoppin & Taveras (2004) have noted that obesity is often associated with psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, and binge eating.Obesity also poses serious problems for a society struggling to cope with rising health care costs. The cost of treating obesity currently totals $117 billion per year—a price, according to the surgeon general, “second only to the cost of [treating] tobacco use” (Carmona, 2004). Andas the number of children who suffer from obesity grows, long-term costs will only increase.Is Medication Effective at Treating Childhood Obesity?The widening scope of the obesity problem has prompted medical professionals to rethink old conceptions of the disorder and its causes. As researchers Yanovski and Yanovski
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