Young, Obese, and In Surgery

"It's like having a precancerous condition that you can treat rather than waiting till it's cancer," says Jeffrey L. Zitsman, Director of the Center for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, in a New York Times article January 8, 2012. Yet despite the prospect of a lifetime of obesity, ostracism, and diseases such as diabetes for such patients, nearly half of pediatricians and family doctors say they would never refer a teenager for obesity surgery.

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Prevalence of Obesity Among US Adolescents, aged 12 - 19, 2007-2008

*Obesity defined as BMI ≥ 95th percentile. Total includes racial and ethnic groups not shown separately. Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007 — 2008.