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Invited Commentary
February 2017

Our Role in the Battle Against Adolescent Obesity

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(2):142. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.3641

Our society devotes significant resources to battle adolescent obesity, yet we are clearly not winning. Much of this support has been directed toward school- and community-based programs, with a goal of changing diet and exercise patterns.1 Despite this commitment, barriers to effective treatment of adolescent obesity persist, including slow recognition by referring physicians that bariatric surgery can be an effective treatment for some children with obesity.

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