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Can children have surgery for obesity?

For most children who are overweight or obese, it is recommended that they manage their weight with lifestyle changes, preferably with the whole family getting involved. While children are not advised to have surgery, for adolescents who are very obese, have not been able to prevent weight gain despite trying lifestyle changes and/or have serious health conditions related to obesity, bariatric surgery may be considered.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 24 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Healthy eating

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