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Reasons to Consider Bariatric Surgery for Your Child

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Maintaining a healthy weight is critical for children and Children Running_Blog 2017adolescents in order to stay active and prevent the onset of serious chronic illnesses. 

While diet and exercise regimens are sometimes effective weight-loss techniques, they often do not yield significant results for those who are significantly overweight. In these cases, bariatric surgery may be the best solution, especially if the weight is already causing medical problems.

Although bariatric surgery is regarded by some as “the easy way out” or a cosmetic procedure, it is important to recognize the vast array of medical and psychological issues that children and adolescents with obesity will likely face in their lifetime. 

Here are some reasons why you should consider bariatric surgery for your child:
  1. You shouldn’t lose your child to a treatable, but serious condition. Getting bariatric surgery at a younger age means lower risk of complications, shorter recovery time, better outcomes and a longer life expectancy.
  2. To increase your child’s quality of life. Children and adolescents with excess weight are automatically at a higher risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, joint pain, fatty liver disease, acid reflux and more. Undergoing surgery is one big, helpful step to combat those risks and lead a healthier, more active lifestyle. 
  3. To boost your child’s confidence and self-esteem. Children with obesity often develop social and psychological problems; choosing surgery can empower your child to maintain a healthier weight and to live more happily and confidently as a result.
  4. You are not alone, on either side. Pediatric obesity rates are rising. According to the 2011 National Survey of Children’s Health, at least 10% of children in 49 out of the 50 states are obese. Every year, more parents are experiencing the same tough decisions with their children. On our side, a diverse team of medical professionals works with you step by step in order to provide support and ensure the best outcome for your child. 


Categories: Parenting Blog
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