(COLUMBUS, Ohio) January 2013 - A study by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital has found that beyond losing weight, teenagers who undergo bariatric surgery might experience a considerable reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease as well.
In a small study, researchers here found that, prior to undergoing weight loss surgery, some teenagers had enlarged hearts and cardiovascular disease on par with more middle aged patients. But after surgery, those same teenagers saw dramatic improvements.
It's estimated that nearly one out of five children and adolescents is obese in this country, three times as many as just a generation ago.
Doctors say for those who are extremely obese, surgery may be the only viable option to lose weight and keep it off. And now, that approach could be far more beneficial than first thought.
The study appears in the January print issue of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.
To learn more about the results of the study and to meet one teenager who opted for bariatric surgery, click on the video box to the left.