Teen Obesity and Bariatric Surgery

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Call 412-641-3632 to schedule an initial evaluation for bariatric surgery at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

The frequency of being overweight in children has increased dramatically in recent years. Nearly one-third of youth are either overweight or obese.

What Contributes to Excess Weight and Obesity Among Teens?

Excess weight and obesity in children represent the combination of environmental, cultural, economic, and genetic risk factors.

Sweetened drinks, fast food, snack foods, a lack of physical activity, and an overabundance of sedentary behaviors all contribute to the problem.

Genetics determines a significant portion of an individual’s weight. However, we cannot change our genes, but can change our habits and environment.

Health Consequences of Teen Obesity

Health consequences of obesity in teens include:

Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery for Teens at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Who is a candidate for bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is not an option for everyone. It's only for people who are very obese and have failed more conservative measures.

Did you know?

You can learn more about the factors that make a person a likely candidate for bariatric surgery at one of UPMC's free information sessions.

To be considered for bariatric surgery, you must:

  • Have a BMI  — body mass index — of 35 to 40 and above, the same as adults.
    » Calculate your BMI now.
  • Have reached adult height — usually ages 13 for girls and 15 for boys.
  • Complete six months of nonsurgical weight management through a presurgical
    lifestyle program.
  • Have health conditions related to obesity, such as:
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Sleep apnea
    • Heart disease
    • Significant functional or psychosocial impairment
      *If the patient has a BMI greater than 40, obesity-related health conditions are not required for surgery.

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss

Some medical problems that may improve after bariatric surgery are:

  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Heart disease
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Heartburn and GERD
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Joint pain

Contact Us to Learn More About Bariatric Surgery

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Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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