New surgical treatment in St. Louis for dangerously overweight children - KMOV.com

New surgical treatment in St. Louis for dangerously overweight children

(KMOV) -- You’ve tried every diet and nothing seems to work.  You know your health is at risk but you can’t see to find the cure.  Obesity is at epidemic proportions and bariatric surgery has become an accepted form of weight loss within the medical community.  Now, that acceptance extends to teenagers.

Brittany Lewis, 18,  tried everything.  At just under 300 pounds she never left the house.  She even thought hard about not attending college, afraid people would stare at her.

After months of nutritional and psychological analysis a team of medical experts at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital determined surgery was Brittany’s only option.

Do the health risks really outweigh the risks of surgery? Should teens as young as 13 even have the option of surgery?

News 4 talked to surgeons and nutritionists at Washington University School of Medicine and you’ll hear from the first teen in our area to have the surgery.

Fore more information, call 314-454-8877.

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