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Bariatric Surgery for Teens with Severe Obesity

Dr. Rodgers explains how teens with severe obesity may benefit from bariatric surgery.

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Did you know, severe obesity affects 4.4 million children and adolescents in the United States?

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

Last week, I told you about bariatric surgery for severe obesity and the benefits it can have for adults. In recent years, doctors have been using bariatric surgery to treat teens with severe obesity. A study followed teens for 3 years after their surgery, and found that the majority lost significant weight and had improvements in weight-related health conditions, including type 2 diabetes.

Teens who are considering bariatric surgery should have a careful evaluation by a surgeon or program experienced in working with teens to see if it is right for them. They—along with their parents or guardians—should talk with the doctor to learn about potential health risks and benefits.

Follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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