Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgeries should be a legal option for obese children and adolescents. PRO

If used correctly and not abused, gastric bypass surgery in children provides a safe and effective means of reducing obesity.
Risk associated with having gastric bypass is much less then risks associated with being obese.
Gastric bypass surgery has less then a 1% risk of death due to complications during surgery whereas obese individuals have a 50-100% increased risk of premature death when compare to a health individual.
Statistics show that obese children are likely to continue habits and maintain and increase obesity status through adulthood.
Gastric bypass surgery for children is a preventative measure. Although the surgery itself is a means of treating obesity, in adolescents it can serve to prevent future developments associated with obesity such as diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and even some forms of cancer.
Research demonstrates that bariatric surgery is able to reduce body weight by 35-40% as opposed to diet and exercise, which on average decreases body weight by 5-10%. Further, weight lost through exercise and dieting is often regained.
If an obese individual were able to reduce there body weight by even 10 kg they would experience a:
20% reduction in total mortality
15% reduction in LDL cholesterol
Improved lung function
50% reduction in fasting glucose
An overall increase in health related quality of life
Its likely that if a child wants to have gastric bypass surgery but is not allowed to that this will only postpone them from getting the surgery until they are old enough. This doesn’t make sense because the child will ultimately get the surgery and by waiting to get it that person will probably develop diseases associated with obesity.
It doesn’t make sense to allow someone to develop side effects associated with obesity before considering someone for this surgery. This could be avoided and prevented if a child were to be allowed to...