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.