Teens Can Gain Fitness Through Obesity Surgery

Posted: Nov 8 2015, 2:59am CST | by , Updated: Nov 9 2015, 9:59pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

 
Teens Can Gain Fitness Through Obesity Surgery
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The benefits of weight loss surgeries can last at least three years, study finds.

A new study suggests that obesity surgery has benefits for teens. Those teenagers, who undergo weight loss surgeries, were actually able to keep pounds off and remained fit for at least three years.

Researchers tracked 228 teens (age 13 to 19) who had gone through bariatric or weight loss surgeries for the last three years and found that they lost a considerable weight more than 90 pounds on average from a starting weight of almost 330 pounds. The health problems linked to obesity also remained distant for three years.

But there were drawbacks too. Most of them regained weight after three years and only 5 percent maintained the reduced weight. More than half of them suffered Hyperferritinemia or iron deficiency. About 13 percent required additional abdominal surgeries.

At three years after the procedure, the results were:

  • Weight decreased by 27 percent.
  • Remission of type 2 diabetes in 95 percent teens
  • Remission of abnormal kidney function in 86% teens
  • Decrease in high blood pressure in 74% teens
  • Reduced levels of cholesterol in 66% teens

Dr. Thomas Inge, surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and lead author of study said. "When you are the parent of a morbidly obese teen and you are contemplating surgery, it's reassuring to see a large study like this that gives you a little more peace of mind that this intervention is safe and effective.”

"When you have kids who are not able to fit into desks, who can now fit into their environment, that's very meaningful on a day to day basis. We really saw a dramatic improvement in the physical comfort and self esteem after surgery."

Obesity is a big issue in U.S. teens. Almost 20% of teens are obese, meaning their Body Mass Index (BMI) is higher than their fellows and stomach bypass surgery can potentially be a new option for all those.

The study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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