Childhood obesity is a complex problem that increases the chances of children becoming overweight or obese as adults. It is a serious illness with serious side effects on physical, psychological and behavioral health including chronic conditions such as diabetes, depression, liver and heart disease.
The Children’s Health Bariatric Surgical Center works with adolescents and their families to address the problem of obesity. We provide the medical, surgical, nutritional, emotional and social support necessary for adolescents who are candidates for weight loss surgery.
Our center works with the Center for Obesity and its Consequences in Health (COACH) program here at Children’s Health, and we provide a comprehensive management strategy to adolescents and teenagers who are obese.
Our multidisciplinary team is experienced in managing long-term follow up for the metabolic and psychological needs for patients and their families. The team includes:
Obesity affects nearly 1 in 5 school age children in the United States.
Surgical intervention is proven to lead to substantial weight loss in adolescents. When combined with lifestyle changes, bariatric surgery helps obese adolescents reach a healthier weight, increase self-esteem and reduce the likelihood of chronic disease. Our criteria for surgical treatment follow the national guidelines.