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October 26, 2011

Life-Threatening Childhood Obesity and Legal Intervention

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Center for Better Health and Nutrition of the Heart Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio (Dr Siegel) (bob.siegel@cchmc.org); and Department of Surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati (Dr Inge).

JAMA. 2011;306(16):1762-1764. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1521

To the Editor: Ms Murtagh and Dr Ludwig suggested that removal from the home may be a more desirable intervention than bariatric surgery in children with life-threatening complications of obesity.1 They argued that bariatric surgery can be irreversible and has inherent complications. The authors also suggested that weight loss surgery may be unethical without first considering foster care.

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