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Weight loss surgery for children and teens struggling with obesity

By: Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing Right now, one in 12 children and adolescents in the US are severely obese. If that isnít startling enough, consider this: among 12-to-15-year-olds, that number jumps to one in 10 ó and among 16-to-19-year-olds, it is one in seven. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the best hope for many of these youths may be bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery is surgery that helps…

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