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Girth Control: Drastic Surgical Measures for Obese Children

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Girth Control: Drastic Surgical Measures for Obese Children

If you could outfit your child with a device that physically prevents them from smoking a cigarette, would you? How about a contraption that prevents their car from exceeding the speed limit, or maybe some sort of modern day chastity belt that prevents them from having unprotected sex? What about something that latches right onto their brain that prevents them from doing anything remotely stupid and life threatening? If it is in the name of protecting their quality of life and, in some cases, preserving longevity, couldn’t you manage justifying a little modification?

Many parents, as well as their children struggling with staggering obesity issues, are basically electing for a sort of obesity “out” (albeit, not an easy one) utilizing one of the two popular gastric surgeries to drastically curb food consumption, weight gain and obesity. Gastric Bypass surgery, a popular option that closes off part of the upper part of the stomach to form a small pouch, and the alternative option Gastric Banding which is an implant device with similar results (click on this New York Times graphic for more info) have become reasonable options for many children and teens looking at a lifetime of health issues caused by obesity. Both of these devices limit the amount of food one is able to consume in a single meal because the stomach capacity is greatly reduced. The results of both of these procedures tend to be positive and sometimes drastic with often more than a 40 percent weight reduction in the recipients of the surgery, but weight loss tends to slow over time.

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.

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5:59PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

If children are obese,have a lot of health issues and have tried everything else,then it may be time to look into G.B.S.

5:58PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

If children are obese,have a lot of health issues and have tried everything else,then it may be time to look into G.B.S.

5:56PM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

I had gastric bypass surgery done in September of 2010 and I have lost 150#,am no longer a diabetic,no longer have high cholesterol or high blood pressure,am off of 22 medications and feel great;however am not sure I would recommend it for children.
Gastric bypass sugery is not the easy way out as many people believe.....

12:15AM PDT on May 13, 2010

gastric bypass surgery is the easy way out. parents need to take responsibility and teach their kids healthy lifestyle habits. eating right & exercising is the best and safest way to lose weight and stay healthy.

9:49AM PDT on Apr 14, 2010

Thanks

9:24AM PDT on Mar 14, 2010

thanks for the information

9:13AM PST on Mar 9, 2010

I was an obese child and teenager, and while I always secretly wished I would somehow be able to afford gastric bypass, I knew it wasn't an option for me. So I ponied up and lost weight the old fashioned way (and the safest way I know) by exercising and educating myself about food and nutrition. In my opinion, education is a parent's biggest and most permanent tool against obesity, while gastric bypass seems to be (for lack of a better term, because I know the surgery must be a painful, expensive, and drawn-out process) the quick fix everyone always hopes for. Education puts the power to change in your hands and your child's hands, while gastric bypass puts the power (and your money) in the hands of the medical system.

9:13AM PST on Mar 9, 2010

I was an obese child and teenager, and while I always secretly wished I would somehow be able to afford gastric bypass, I knew it wasn't an option for me. So I ponied up and lost weight the old fashioned way (and the safest way I know) by exercising and educating myself about food and nutrition. In my opinion, education is a parent's biggest and most permanent tool against obesity, while gastric bypass seems to be (for lack of a better term, because I know the surgery must be a painful, expensive, and drawn-out process) the quick fix everyone always hopes for. Education puts the power to change in your hands and your child's hands, while gastric bypass puts the power (and your money) in the hands of the medical system.

9:13AM PST on Mar 9, 2010

I was an obese child and teenager, and while I always secretly wished I would somehow be able to afford gastric bypass, I knew it wasn't an option for me. So I ponied up and lost weight the old fashioned way (and the safest way I know) by exercising and educating myself about food and nutrition. In my opinion, education is a parent's biggest and most permanent tool against obesity, while gastric bypass seems to be (for lack of a better term, because I know the surgery must be a painful, expensive, and drawn-out process) the quick fix everyone always hopes for. Education puts the power to change in your hands and your child's hands, while gastric bypass puts the power (and your money) in the hands of the medical system.

9:12AM PST on Mar 9, 2010

I was an obese child and teenager, and while I always secretly wished I would somehow be able to afford gastric bypass, I knew it wasn't an option for me. So I ponied up and lost weight the old fashioned way (and the safest way I know) by exercising and educating myself about food and nutrition. In my opinion, education is a parent's biggest and most permanent tool against obesity, while gastric bypass seems to be (for lack of a better term, because I know the surgery must be a painful, expensive, and drawn-out process) the quick fix everyone always hopes for. Education puts the power to change in your hands and your child's hands, while gastric bypass puts the power (and your money) in the hands of the medical system.

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