Obesity in children and teens is a serious health problem. About 1 in 6 children in the United States are obese. Children with obesity have health problems that used to be seen only in adults. When these problems begin in childhood, they often become worse in adulthood.
Weight Loss Surgery
Weight Loss Surgery in Adolescents | Columbia University Department of Surgery
When exercise and diet aren't enough, some parents consider stomach-reduction surgery for obese teens. After three years, teens with severe obesity who underwent stomach reduction surgery to lose weight also significantly improved their heart health. A study published Monday in Pediatrics shows that blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation and insulin levels all improved, particularly among those who lost the most weight. Younger adolescents in the study showed bigger improvements in their cholesterol and inflammation levels than the older teens. Even participants who had normal-range blood pressure, triglycerides or cholesterol levels before surgery saw improved measures. Nearly a third of all children and teens are overweight or obese in the U.
Who Can Get Weight Loss Surgery?
Gastric banding is a form of weight-loss bariatric surgery. But in some cases it may be a treatment choice for a teen. A gastric band is a soft, rubbery circle made of silicone. The band is attached to a thin, flexible tube catheter.
Obesity is on the rise among children and teens. The percentage of obese adolescents aged 12—19 has increased from 5 percent in to nearly 21 percent in , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many teens are turning to weight-loss surgery.