This may be an alarming trend that many parents will not like to hear. Yet, it is a fact that is happening, especially in the state of California. More and more teenagers are opting to have obesity surgery.
A reputable pediatrician journal recently conducted a study on the number of obesity surgeries that were conducted on teenagers between the ages of 13 and 20 years old from the years of 2005 to 2007. They did the study in the state of California. They probably chose this state since this state has many more trained doctors that can perform these types of surgeries in general.
They found the total number of teens who had this surgery in those years to be 590, just in the state of California.
Why is the number so large?
The number is so large because the number of teenage children who are battling obesity keeps rising.
Is it safe for teenage children to have obesity surgery? What are the risks?
Experts say that there really are no more risk factors for a teenager to have obesity surgery than there is for an adult to have these types of surgeries. The risk factors both adults and teenagers should consider are:
• Some complications such as lung problems and kidney problems
What are the benefits of a teenager having these types of surgeries?
• This is a permanent weight loss solution
• This can help a teenager prevent future health problems that is associated with being obese such as: diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Who are getting these types of surgeries?
The study went on to do a background on the teenagers and 28% of those 590 were of the Caucasian race.
It is a scary thought knowing that so many teenagers have to turn to obesity surgery to help fix or treat their obesity problems. For this reason, it is now more than ever, important to teach our children good eating habits before problems begin to arise.
Early Show, CBS