Teenagers Are Having More Weight Loss Operations. Is Enough Being Done?

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : November 16, 2022

There has been an exponential increase in obesity among young children. More teenagers are exposed to obesity, due to which they are looking for methods with the help of which they can get rid of this excess fat in the minimum amount of time and effort.

Recent research has pointed towards the increasing tendency of teenagers to depend on weight loss surgeries for reducing their fat and even their Health Care problems. 

This surgery is safe and benefits teenagers who struggle to lose weight, but at the same time, the use of this surgery is not promoted as a very great skill. According to the researchers, there is an element of drastic underutilization, especially among the black population. The latest statistics reveal that there has been a 200% increase in the incidence of obesity among teens. The dependence upon the surgery has also increased with time, and it has been able to promise effective results, but the distribution of this solution is not very evenly found in American society. Hispanics and blacks are still not dependent on this method for losing weight. 

What Are The Reasons For Underutilization? 

There have been different reasons reported so far that are responsible for the uneven utilization of this fat loss surgery. The lack of insurance coverage and misconceptions in society are among the most important reasons why 26% of black children, despite being obese, resist undergoing surgery. On the other hand, only 16% of the white kids reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not want to undergo this fat loss surgery. 

Teenagers Are Having More Weight Loss Operations

Many renowned research centers and institutions have recognized this treatment for fat loss. According to them, it is the safest method among teenagers to lose weight sustainably. It has a life-changing effect on the human body. It even increases the psychological quality of life and physical well-being. 

Obesity is one of the serious health concerns among teenagers, and every possible attempt must be made to reduce the side effects of same. Undergoing a fat Loss surgery is a very helpful solution with probably no side effects in the long run. 

It has become the need of the hour. The best part about this surgery is that there is no minimum age required to undergo this surgery. The American Academy of Pediatrics has confirmed it. People with a body mass index above 40 should definitely undergo these treatments because if they avoid undertaking the treatment, the risk to the liver and heart will increase at a very young age. Even diabetes can occur among these kinds of people. In such a situation, an attempt must be made to spread awareness concerning the utility of the treatment so that this option gets sufficiently utilized. 

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What will be the benefits? 

If the treatment is taken within the time, the possible side effects of obesity would obviously reduce. Organ damage due to obesity is a very common health risk that can be experienced even at a very young age if fat is not lost around the area of the liver and kidney. This weight loss surgery does not make a person weak but is helpful in order to reduce excessive fat so that a person can be healthy in his normal life. 


It can be ultimately concluded that this is one of the most important factors which must be taken into consideration at every cost. It is actually going to bring a lot of utility if it is utilized properly. 


🔵Cleveland Clinic (n.d) Weight Loss Surgery for Adolescents with Severe Obesity (Available On):https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/17859-weight-loss-surgery-for-adolescents-with-severe-obesity

🔵National Library Of Medicine (n.d) Current Issues in Bariatric Surgery for Adolescents with Severe Obesity: Durability, Complications, and Timing of Intervention (Available On):https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7118002/

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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