Adolescents have unique physical and psychosocial issues related to obesity and require special care. It is often difficult for these adolescents to manage their nutritional needs, exercise, school and their mental health. Recently there have more opportunities for adolescents with severe obesity (over 300lbs) that meet specific criteria, and continuously struggle with their weight to have special weight loss surgery( Read the latest review).
The first approach is the holistic method, which is what we are LLLR strive to give our youth, but if we find they are really struggling and are committed to their weight loss, we are evaluating them to see if weight loss surgery is a safe option for them. It is not a quick fix but if adequately prepared with family support the adolescent can lose a significant amount of weight over a period of one to two years with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, sleep apnea and diabetes.
Our LLLR team can evaluate, prepare and refer adolescents with severe obesity that may require weight loss surgery. Columbia Presbyterian and Brookdale offer informational sessions that can be arranged for adolescents meeting the criteria and the surgery is covered by insurance. Live Light Live Right will be offering group sessions with peer support from patients that have had the surgery with great success.
These adolescents can share their experience of what to expert during the total process. If you would like to find out more please contact Dr. Dhuper’s office at 718-240-5857 to set up an appointment for further evaluation.