More US Teens Going Under The Knife To Cut The Fat

Posted by juggernautPT on September 13, 2012

More US Teens Going Under The Knife To Cut The Fat
More US Teens Going Under The Knife To Cut The Fat

The US is struggling to deal with its national obesity problem, in a disturbing trend many are resorting  to surgery in order to achieve weight loss, according to a recent report.

The new report from GlobalData (Bariatric Surgery Devices - Global Pipeline Analysis, Competitive Landscape and Market Forecasts to 2018) states that the absence of effective weight loss medicines, and the availability of reimbursement for surgery, is urging overweight patients into choosing to go under the knife.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) of 2007-2008, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June 2010, claimed that around 34.2 per cent of US adults aged 20 years and over are overweight, while 33.8 per cent are obese, and 5.7 per cent are extremely obese.

Despite the debate surrounding the safety and long-term efficacy of bariatric surgery in adolescents, a study published in The American Surgeon during November 2011 claimed that the mean number of adolescent bariatric procedures performed per year in the US increased from 61.8 during 2002-2006 to 113.3 during 2007-2009.

While such surgeries are on the rise in the US, European countries are seeing a decline in the number of gastric banding procedures being conducted.

These surgeries are not a cure for obesity and it scares me to think that people so young are seeing this as their only viable option...

Source: GlobalData

 


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