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To Overweight Teens: Liposuction Not the Answer

I just read an article on Medical News Today that mentioned how the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) cautions that liposuction and tummy tucks are inappropriate procedures for weight loss in teens. In fact, a recent editorial in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery(R) (PRS), the official medical journal of the ASPS, discusses the lack of scientific data supporting the use of body contouring procedures to fight childhood obesity.

To this I say: No shit.

Regardless of my personal opinion on the matter, obviously there was a reason for the docs to bring it up in the news, which is totally scary if you ask me, but here it goes... ASPS President Roxanne Guy, MD tells us this:

The use of liposuction to improve the health status of an obese individual, regardless of age, is not currently supported by scientific evidence. In fact, a 2004 New England Journal of Medicine study shows the use of liposuction does not provide the same health benefits as diet-induced weight loss in obese people.

Moral of the story? Stop looking for the magic bullet for yourself and definitely stop letting your kids think there is a magic bullet. The best way to health is with diet and exercise, point blank. When are we going to get it through our media saturated heads?

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