Obesity is a critical health issue in the United States. Over the last three decades, obesity in children aged between 6 and eleven years has jumped from 7% to 18%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for adolescents between the ages of twelve and nineteen, that figure has skyrocketed from 5% to almost 21%.
Children and adolescents who are obese are more likely to be obese as adults. They are at far greater risk of serious future health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, as well as certain types of cancer.
At a time in their lives when most teenagers are thinking about college, first loves and friends, adolescents struggling with obesity are often coping with the health risks they face, the psychological and emotional effects of being overweight and trying to lose their excess weight.
Bariatric Procedures for Adolescents
Now, there is good news. The New York Bariatric Group now offers surgical options to adolescent patients between the ages of 16 and 18 right here in Port Jefferson. After a thorough review, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) concluded that St. Charles Hospital has the required infrastructure and support to address the needs of adolescent patients; and has accredited the hospital as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualification.
The program, among the first of its kind on Long Island, offers the opportunity for select patients to consider laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a life-long weight loss tool. The comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program evaluates and addresses medical, psychosocial and nutritional factors. Parents are included throughout the process to ensure the patient has the needed support and can adopt the lifestyle changes required for success.
We are very pleased to offer this comprehensive program to our adolescent patients here in Port Jefferson. To find out more contact the New York Bariatric Group today.