STAT+: Pharmalittle: Obesity guidelines cause backlash; Bayer is pushed to spin off its consumer health business

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New guidelines for combating obesity in children from the American Academy of Pediatrics, suggesting early and aggressive treatment, are generating a backlash, The Washington Post reports. Critics on the left have raised concerns about unequal access to treatment, which insurance does not always cover, and worry earlier medical interventions may create more fat-shaming of vulnerable children. Conservative commentators have suggested the guidelines offer an easy out for poor lifestyle choices. People on both sides express uneasiness about long-term consequences of putting millions of children on drugs or under the knife, instead of doing more to prevent obesity in the first place.

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