Major health woes seen in teens who seek obesity surgery; many kids are 3 times too big

November 4, 2013 4:49 PM

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Major health woes seen in teens who seek obesity surgery; many kids are 3 times too big

These kids weighed three times more than what is considered healthy, they weren’t just teens “who want to fit into that cheerleading outfit better,” said Dr. Thomas Inge, the study’s lead researcher and a surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The study offers reassuring evidence that obesity surgery is generally safe for teens, echoing previous short-term research. While it is a drastic, last-ditch option, major complications including accidental injury to internal organs occurred in just 8 percent of teens. Less serious complications in...

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