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Weight Loss Surgery for Severely Obese Children

Weight loss surgery has typically been seen as a procedure for adults with severe obesity who have not been able to lose weight or maintain weight loss. Now, pediatricians are pushing weight loss surgery for severely obese children and kids.

Weight loss surgery for severely obese children
Weight loss surgery for severely obese children Photo by Fitness for Health

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, bariatric and metabolic surgery should be viewed as a safe treatment for children with severe obesity. Also, the procedure should be covered by insurance for young adults. There are of course certain requirements that have to be met before the procedure is considered qualified.

Half of the US is overweight

It is scary enough to have more than half of adults in the United States overweight or obese, but now the children are facing the same crisis. I can only image how difficult as a child it would be to achieve weight loss if he or she is overweight when us adults are having a hard time ourselves. The weight loss does not stop after surgery; you must continue to live a healthy lifestyle.

Weight loss takes hard work!

“If you’re going to choose to do this surgery, you have to change your lifestyle. This surgery is not just ‘here’s a fix.’ You have to do most of the work, and the surgery is just a little bit of help,” Feinstein, who underwent a gastrectomy last year when she was 18 to treat her severe obesity said. “You have to be mentally ready for it.”

Weight loss surgery of severely obese kids

The AAP policy statement mentioned that young patients who had gastric bypass experienced an average weight loss of twenty-seven percent and fixed their obesity related health issues within three years. I believe these are pretty good results especially if the children were able to maintain the weight.

Like any other procedure, weight loss surgery has its risks as well, so the AAP definitely has to be mindful when it comes to children. I am sure they have done their research and have evidence of the pros and cons. If the reward is far greater than the risk, then I can understand why weight loss surgery for severely obese kids and children would be considered.