By now, you have probably seen some of the many reports in the media about how childhood obesity has become a health crisis in the last three decades. The statistics bear evidence to that fact: obesity in children between the ages of 6 and 11 has more than doubled, while in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19, it has quadrupled.
Children with obesity are more likely to grow up to be obese as adults and are more likely develop serious medical conditions than their counterparts who are not overweight.
Beyond worrying about which college they might attend, what career path they should choose and all the other important life changes that come with being a teenager, obese adolescents live with the added stress of contemplating a future that could include type 2 diabetes, heart disease or cancer.
Thankfully, bariatric surgery might now be an option to help adolescents in Westchester and surrounding areas achieve a healthier weight and a more positive outlook.
About Bariatric Procedures for Adolescents
In the fall of 2014, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) deemed that St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY had the necessary infrastructure and support to meet the unique needs of adolescent patients and was accredited as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications. As a result, New York Bariatric Group was pleased to begin offering surgery options for adolescents between the ages of 16 and 18.
With this new and comprehensive program, select adolescents can be offered the opportunity to consider laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a life-long tool to lose weight. The multi-disciplinary approach examines and addresses nutritional, psychosocial and medical factors and is includes involvement from parents to help ensure the required lifestyle changes can be successfully adopted.
New York Bariatric Group is pleased to offer this program to our younger patients in Westchester. For more information and to book a consultation, contact us today. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention