No matter your age, obesity can be difficult to deal with. While it certainly affects people physically, in multiple different ways, it can also cause negative mental and emotional side effects. In this day and age, it can be difficult for teenagers to navigate the daily pressures placed on them by what they see at school, on TV, and on social media. But it can be even more troubling for those who are overweight. Many obese teenagers suffer from depression, anxiety, negative emotions, and feel isolated by their peers.
In recent years, research has proven that obesity is a medical condition, not just a weight management problem. Dr. Fernando Garcia offers several different types of bariatric surgery at his Tijuana, Mexico, practice for severely overweight patients who have been unsuccessful losing weight with traditional methods. He understands the pressures that teenagers face and that obesity is a serious medical condition. Below he explains bariatric surgery for teens to help guide parents and their children through what this procedure involves and the benefits it provides.
Teenage obesity is a serious condition that has only continued to grow. In the last three decades, obesity has quadrupled among adolescents aged 12 to 19. It is estimated that close to one-third of adolescents are overweight or obese.
Teenagers who are obese have a 50 percent greater chance of suffering from this disorder as an adult and facing severe health problems later on. While obesity can certainly cause fatigue, it has also been linked to:
- Acid reflux
- High blood pressure
- Joint and back pain
- Sleep apnea
- High cholesterol
Does Your Teen Need Bariatric Surgery?
If your overweight son or daughter has been dieting for months without seeing positive and long-lasting results, it may be time to consider bariatric surgery. Weight loss surgery should not be viewed as a quick fix for losing weight, but instead as a lifestyle change. Before surgery, Dr. Garcia and our team of specialists will work with your teen to help develop a personalized exercise and nutrition plan so that in the days and weeks after, they can make healthy decisions.
Bariatric Surgery for Teens
Dr. Garcia holds himself to the highest standard of excellence in order to help patients achieve positive outcomes. While we know surgery may be drastic, you can rest assured knowing that he has performed thousands of bariatric surgeries with successful results. It is his desire to help your teenager improve their appearance and live a healthier and happier lifestyle. With a less than one percent complication rating, bariatric surgery for teens is considered safe and effective.
To help improve your teenager’s results, we encourage the entire family to get involved in living a healthier lifestyle. This creates a positive support system and motivates them to stick with their plan so they not only lose weight, but also lower their risk for other serious medical conditions. Together, cut out fast food and high-calorie meals, and find a physical activity you can do as a family.
If your teenager has a BMI over 30, you may want to consider bariatric surgery. To learn more about the weight loss surgeries we provide and which one would be best suited for your son or daughter, please contact our office today.