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Medications and Obesity

Monday, May 18th, 2009

American Academy of Pediatrics Decision to Medicate Obese Children Sends a Dangerous Message

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Chicago, IL—April 20, 2009—  John E. Mayer, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and leading researcher, lecturer and writer on family issues and family health, challenges the decision that pediatricians medicate children as young as 8 years old with cholesterol medication to prevent later heart disease.

Dr. Mayer, who is also the President of the International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA)feels that this decision will set back efforts to change the lifestyle of families and young people.

“It sends the wrong message on establishing a healthy lifestyle. The vast majority of obesity problems in young people can be corrected with changes in diet and exercise. Pediatricians should write prescriptions for better diets and circumscribed amounts of exercise every week, rather than picking up the prescription pad so quickly for a drug. Further, these drugs have only been around since the mid-1980’s, we are not sure what long-term effect they will have on kids taking them at such an early age. When we have good alternatives (Lifestyle changes) why turn to drugs with such a knee-jerk reaction, we need to look at the long-term ramifications. Remember how benign we thought cocaine was when it hit the scene? Speaking of drug abuse, advocating a medication mind-set just keeps kids growing up in a society where pills are the wonderful cure-all for all our problems.”

Dr. Mayer’s soon to be released book, Family Fit, provides parents with formulas they can follow in leading a healthy lifestyle. This book will be published by ISPA/NP2-Publications, a division of ISPA.