The epidemic in childhood obesity has lead some doctors to prescribe diabetes drugs to young people, particularly metformin. However, a new study suggests that metformin may not actually help children without diabetes to lose weight. This leads me to ask a simple question. Was it remotely wise to prescribe diabetes drugs in the first place?
According to the doctors who have prescribed diabetes drugs to young people (that aren't diabetic...), all other approaches related to diet and exercise have singularly failed to produce satisfactory results. That's all very well and good in practice, and of course they are aware of what has been reported to them within their own surgeries.
They also ought to be aware of the following. If you burn up more calories than you consume, and you take those calories into your body in a remotely sensible way, then you will lose weight. That is just an irrefutable scientific fact. If you want to lose weight, move more and eat less. It's really quite straightforward.
It is a form of insanity to prescribe diabetic medication to children that aren't suffering from diabetes because apparently they can't lose weight despite engaging in behaviour which should result in them doing so. There are three possible explanations for this. Either they're not doing enough exercise, they're not being given good advice with regards to diet, or they're lying about it in surgeries.
If you're a young person with a fast metabolism, and you stay active and eat a well-proportioned balanced diet, you will definitely lose weight if you are obese. There is no doubt about this whatsoever. To try to solve the problem by telling kids to pop pills which are designed to address a completely different problem is utterly ludicrous. It smacks of buck passing, of looking for any solution to get them out of the surgery as quickly as possible.
Medication isn't confectionery. Drugs are not sweets to be doled out gregariously. Look at the prohibitive attitude we have to recreational drugs, which without a shadow of a doubt can be dangerous, yet we can't queue up fast enough to take drugs for conditions which are easily solved without any form of medical intervention.
The fact that this was even suggested in the first place is indicative of a deeply unhealthy attitude which is at the heart of contemporary medicine, and arguably our entire society and culture. Namely that cure is better than prevention. This is self-evidently ridiculous, and it's hardly surprising that this study has shown that taking diabetic drugs does not cure obesity. Only a society that is ill mentally, rather than physically, would even suggest such a thing.
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