Bariatric surgery results in long lasting weight loss in individuals suffering from severe obesity by altering the hormones controlling the body fat. It is generally indicates for individuals between 18 years to 65 years age.
When body mass index (BMI) is 30 and above, 96% of individuals fail to achieve long lasting weight loss by lifestyle modifications alone, because of the effect of hormones controlling the body fat. This is true even in case of teenagers less than 18 years age and children suffering from severe obesity.
Since these are in growing age, they need to try lifestyle modifications first. If these methods fail, then bariatric surgeries can be offered. Parents and pediatricians don’t consider bariatric surgery as an option because of the fear of long-term consequences, psychological impact on teenagers and children.
But we need to weigh the risks of carrying excess weight vs. benefits and risks of undergoing bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgeries are very safe and they can be considered even in teenagers less than 18 years age and children suffering from severe obesity on individual basis, if they fail to achieve long lasting weight loss with lifestyle modifications alone. Benefits of bariatric surgery significantly outweigh the risks of not undergoing surgery.
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Dr. Amar Bariatric & Metabolic Center,