Weight-Loss Surgery for Kids?

Updated on November 10, 2019 in Statistics, Research, News
4 on November 6, 2019

I saw on the news today that some places are starting to offer weight-loss surgery for kids. And that they believe insurance should cover the surgery. What do you all think about this?

I’m not sure what to think. Weight-loss surgery is such a huge commitment – can a child or teenager really be ready emotionally-speaking to make that kind of commitment and decision? I know when I was young, I was much more impulsive. Maybe some kids are more mature than I was, but I can’t imagine making that commitment when someone is that young. 

 
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0 on November 6, 2019

Kids can also get nose jobs and other forms of plastic surgery.  Some places will even do breast implants for teens.  I don’t think any of it is okay, including weight-loss surgery, for someone under the age of 18.  Their minds and bodies are still growing.  

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0 on November 8, 2019

It’s not like it’s easy getting a surgeon to agree to do the surgery.  If the doctor says it needs to be done then that’s good enough for me. 

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0 on November 10, 2019

I’m really torn on this one.  I’m sure many of those kids were bullied mercilessly and it can’t be good to have their bodies with all that extra weight.  On the other hand, it is a huge lifestyle change that requires a lifetime commitment and I’m not sure teens can fully appreciate what that means. 

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0 on November 10, 2019

I don’t think kids should be allowed to have weight-loss surgery. Their minds and bodies are still developing. I don’t think teens are mature enough to make this type of decision. I’m an adult, and I even question myself sometimes. It’s a very serious decision that needs a lot of thought and consideration. 

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