Bariatric surgery is an intense obesity treatment that raises several legal and ethical issues
for the pediatric population. It is important for nurses to be knowledgeable about these issues
because of the huge prevalence of obesity in the general population so that nurses can better
understand and educate others about obesity issues. It is important for nurses to implement
preventive measures to combat obesity and to address the needs of those children and
adolescents who are already obese and help them explore their treatment options and lifestyle
changes. This paper will examine the topic of overweight and obesity in the pediatric population
and the associated legal and ethical issues of bariatric surgery.
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