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January 25, 2013

Is weight-loss surgery the right answer for overweight teenagers?

Some researchers say teens suffer lasting damage from being severely obese

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“Many of the adolescent patients that present for surgical weight reduction are dealing with many obesity-related co-morbid illnesses that were previously only thought to affect the adult population,” he said. “Examples include, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, insulin resistance, liver disease, cardiovascular disease, etc.”

As far as whether teens and parents should move forward with weight-loss surgery, Kelley says it all starts with research, and doing your homework on the procedure is what should actually shape your decision.

“My first suggestion would be to research the surgery, so when they do make a decision it is an informed one. I feel that it is so important to understand what goes on with the surgery, because it is such a big change,” she said.

Also, “Stay positive. People do not always agree with the decision that you may make, but if you are happy and excited, then that is what matters.”

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