Obesity in children and teens is a serious health problem. About 1 in 6 children in the U.S. are obese.
A child who is overweight or obese is more likely to be overweight or obese as an adult.
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. A child who is overweight or obese is also more likely to have problems such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Poor grades in school
Weight-loss Surgery and Teenagers
Many adults who have weight-loss surgery are able to lose a large amount of weight. This weight loss can have health benefits such as:
- Better control of diabetes
- Lower cholesterol and blood pressure
- Fewer sleep problems
In the United States, weight loss operations have been used with success in teenagers. After any weight-loss surgery, your child will:
- Have a smaller stomach
- Feel full or satisfied with less food
- Not be able to eat as much as before
The most common operation now offered to teens is the vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
Adjustable gastric banding is another type of weight-loss surgery. But it is not yet approved for teenagers in the United States.
All weight loss operations can be performed through 5 to 6 small cuts on the belly. This is known as laparoscopic surgery.