Problems Caused by Teen Obesity
Adolescent bariatric surgery for obese teens may not only resolve the health issues these teens face but help minimize social difficulties, as well.
The social challenges of a teenager are difficult enough, but the social challenges of an obese teenager are even more difficult. Research published in Psychosomatic Medicine shows obese adolescent girls experience anxiety at a rate four times greater than normal. Obese teenage females are also four times more likely than average weight teenage females to suffer from depression.
Both obese boys and girls are more likely to be the victims of bullies. And obese girls are less likely to date than their non-obese peers. Both genders report dissatisfaction with dating.
Obese girls and boys report instances of social teasing beyond the average. In addition, these same children report weight-focused teasing from both peers and family members.
Health Issues vs Health Improvement after Bariatric Surgery
Health Issues of Obese Teens:
Thirty-eight percent of obese adolescents have fatty liver disease
They are three times as likely as normal weight adolescents to have hypertension.
Fifty percent of severely obese adolescents have metabolic syndrome.
Orthopedic injuries, sleep apnea, and Type 2 Diabetes can also be consequences of teen obesity.
Improvements in the Health of Obese Adolescents After Weight-Loss Surgery:
Studies have shown that the health issues experienced by adolescents improved dramatically after weight-loss surgery. Although the number of subjects who were studied is limited, the results are impressive.
All but one of the adolescent patients who had weight-loss surgery had Type 2 Diabetes go into remission.
Cardiac abnormalities diminish in morbidly obese teens and remain steady for at least two years after weight-loss surgery. Hypertension ceased in all patients and all patients reported an improved quality of life.
Metabolic syndrome was remedied in 82% of the subjects and sleep apnea and psychological function improved markedly.
Pediatric Referral for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery
AAP News, the official news-magazine of the American Academy of Pediatrics released this report specifically for pediatricians attempting to advise families who are considering adolescent bariatric surgery.
Prior to having a conversation with your pediatrician, you may want to send the doctor this report along with a link to Adolescent Bariatric Surgery & Teen Obesity to be sure s/he has ample time to research the issue before meeting with you and your child.
Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Clinics and Hospitals
The Bariatric Surgery Source publishes an online Directory of Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Clinics and Hospitals. Working with a weight loss surgery clinic or hospital that specializes in adolescent bariatric surgery and post-surgery treatment may provide the best outcomes.
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