Weight loss surgery for obese children

While Australians are struggling with weight loss surgery for children, so are we, with one of the biggest problems of childhood obesity in the world.

In the meantime, bariatric surgery for children keeps growing. Weight loss surgery among minors has tripled from 2000 to 2003 (the last year for which data is available) and it would be no surprise that it has continued to climb during last three years as well. Scientists at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center crunched the numbers.

A separate, but related, study has found that childhood obesity is also contributing to early puberty, in some cases a girl in fourth grade could reach puberty if she is obese.

While diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes are considered to be the most effective ways to lose weight, obesity surgery is the only alternative for people who are morbidly obese and normal weight loss techniques do not work for them to lose massive amounts of weight.