Bariatric Surgery While Young Yields Enduring Health Benefits

Bariatric Surgery While Young Yields Enduring Health Benefits

Bariatric surgery among adolescents or young adults with severe obesity leads to durable reductions in body weight along with dramatic reductions in rates of diabetes, hypertension, and depression, according to new research in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Approximately 12% of non-Hispanic Blacks, 9% of Hispanics, and 7% of Whites ages 12-19 have severe obesity, the authors note, citing 2018 data in Pediatrics. That paper defines severe obesity as a BMI of at least 35 kg/m2 or …