Extreme Measures for Combating Childhood Obesity

Gastric bypass surgery helps severely obese teenagers lose weight and keep it off, according to the first long-term follow-up studies of teenagers who had undergone the procedure 5-12 years earlier.

Two studies recently published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, show some of these patients will likely need further surgery to deal with the complications of rapid weight loss or may develop vitamin deficiencies later in life. However, the studies also show that the benefits of weight loss surgery outweigh the risks associated with it.

Watch Dr. Michael Helmrath and two Cincinnati Children’s patients explain some of the benefits of weight loss surgery by viewing Local 12.

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