Previously, operations to fight against obesity were favorably done by the adults only. But because of the increasing number of obesity among children and teenagers, bariatric surgery is undergone by several teens. They are going for an entire operation to control their bulging waistlines. The surgery involves alteration in the stomach size of the patient. According to the doctors, the number of adolescent patients for this surgery is increasing day by day. Thankfully, this surgery is safer for children under the age group of 10 years also. According to doctor Ragui Sadek who is also the director of Bariatric Surgery in the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, this surgery will become a common trend among teenagers in upcoming years.
He further adds, “obesity in youth results in serious problems like hypertension and diabetes among the children ages 12-14. These serious issues among the youth have never been seen before this.” Sadek says, most of the people misunderstood the surgery, but he claims that it is an extreme measure to the problem of obesity. ” Bariatric surgery is a scientifically researched and accepted solution for most of the patients.” However, according to Mayo Clinic, there are several risks related to the surgery, including excessive bleeding temporarily and bowel obstruction.
Jewel Francis-Aburime went through the surgery when she was 18 and was able to shred around 250 pounds successfully. She state, “after dropping weight from 400 to 150 pounds, the real task began.” She further says, ” most of the people think that you need not bother with your diet once you are done with the surgery.” “But I was continuously dieting and doing a workout even after the surgery.” Similarly, 24-year-old Michaela Suffy says, “she also dieted for many years because she used to gain back the lost weight frequently. But when she went through the sleeve gastrectomy, she lost almost 110 pounds.” She says, “It is a change in the lifestyle, and you need to maintain it for lifelong. You can gain weight again anytime.” That’s the major issue among most of the younger population, and they are continuously battling with it.