Teen Obesity Is On The Rise

Our obesity experts are already seeing teenage patients develop type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea. Even with aggressive attempts to lose weight with lifestyle changes, many adolescent patients continue to struggle with weight and its associated medical conditions.

Challenges Of Obesity In Teens

Being overweight or obese through adolescence is challenging in many ways. First of all, there are psychological tolls during an already difficult phase of life. Teens who are obese tend to be more depressed, have more social anxiety, lower self-esteem, and face increased bullying. In addition, they face diseases that used to be thought of as “adult diseases” like type 2 diabetes. About 70% of teens who are obese already have a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Since teens who are obese often grow up to be adults who are obese, New York Bariatric group now offers bariatric surgery options for adolescent patients between the ages of 16 and 18.

Bariatric Program For Adolescents

In Fall 2014, St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY was accredited by MBSAQIP (the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program) as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent qualifications. After their thorough review, MBSAQIP concluded that St. Charles had all the necessary support and infrastructure to address the unique needs of adolescent bariatric patients. As one of the first programs available on Long Island for teens, the program is offering select patients the option to consider laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a tool to lose weight and maintain weight loss for life.

The adolescent program has a multidisciplinary approach that includes a thorough review of nutritional needs, evaluation of psychosocial support concerns, and a comprehensive medical evaluation. The program includes parents as an important component in helping to provide the best chance of success with an educated, positive, supportive structure. If you would like more information regarding weight loss options for adolescents, please call our office at 800-633-THIN for further information and to make an appointment to see one of our experts.

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