Increasing rates of obesity — particularly in children and adolescents — have health professionals scrambling to find ways to fight growing waistlines. Dr. Kirk Reichard talked with our reporter Diana Mahoney, at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, about how gastric band surgery could be a potential solution. He presented data on significant improvements in metabolic measures in 17 morbidly obese teens who underwent the surgery using an investigational device.
While these kids really are sick, they benefit probably more greatly from the lap band — or from any bariatric procedure perhaps — even than adults. We know that kids will go on to be obese adults, if they’re obese kids. They will go on to have cardiac problems. So our bias is that the younger we fix these problems, the more healthy they’ll be later.
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