Moron Doctors

I simply cannot believe that some doctors think that giving children a weight-loss drug with horrendous side effects actually improves their health. It’s mind-boggling.

British children are being dosed with slimming drugs intended as a
last resort for severely obese adults, underlining the desperate
measures being taken by parents of overweight youngsters.

The treatment, Xenical, is not even licensed for children because
there have been no trials of how it affects growing bodies. Official
guidance is that it should be reserved for adults alone.

Yet a startling 3,000 prescriptions for orlistat, commercially known
as Xenical – which can cause unpleasant side effects, including
stomach cramps and diarrhoea – were issued to children last year, a
revelation which will prompt fresh debate over how to tackle the
growing epidemic of childhood obesity.

Dr Nick Finer, a leading obesity specialist, said the figures were ‘surprisingly’ high but reflected the seriousness of the problem. Doctors were now seeing 15-year-olds who had been overweight for a decade and were at clear risk of developing potentially life-threatening diabetes as a result.

‘What would really disturb me is if any of those 3,000 were children going into their GP with their parents and the parents saying, “My child is fat, can you do something?” and going out with a prescription for orlistat and nothing else,’ said Dr Finer, a consultant in obesity medicine at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge.

‘But if there are children who are at high risk, who have tried and failed simple lifestyle interventions, I am not sure that a doctor isn’t put in a moral dilemma.’

I’ll “moral dilemma” him!

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