Like adults, severely overweight children and teens are at heightened risk for a host of physical and emotional problems, including cardiovascular disease (e.g., high cholesterol and blood pressure) and diabetes, as well as poor self-esteem and depression. Also like adults, growing numbers of young people and their parents are turning to weight-loss surgery as a potential solution.
Some 17 percent of children and adolescents (ages 2 to 19) — or 12.5 million — are obese, increasing the likelihood that they will become adults with even more serious weight problems. “Current guidelines for weight loss surgery in adolescents: A review of the literature,” which Mudd conducted with a colleague, highlights the significant variance in current guidelines, particularly when it comes to age, body mass index, and co-occurring health problems. Factors like surgical setting and follow-up care also remain the subject of ongoing debate in the research and within professional organizations.
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IMO: I’m against weight loss surgery (FOR ME). If I had a teen-aged daughter/son it would be a no; too many risks.