Bariatric Surgery on Kids

It is understandable to feel alarmed about the idea of children undergoing bariatric surgery. While bariatric surgery can be an effective tool for weight loss in adults who have struggled with obesity, the decision to perform this surgery on a child is a complex one that should involve careful consideration by a team of medical professionals.


It is important to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) did issue guidance in 2019 regarding bariatric surgery in adolescents, but this guidance emphasizes that surgery should only be considered after other weight loss interventions have been tried and have not been successful, and only in carefully selected cases where the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

The decision to recommend bariatric surgery for a child should involve a thorough evaluation of the child’s overall health, including their physical and mental health, as well as their social and emotional well-being. The child’s family and support system should also be involved in the decision-making process, and the risks and benefits of surgery should be clearly explained.

It is important to keep in mind that bariatric surgery is not a quick fix for obesity, and it requires a lifelong commitment to lifestyle changes, including healthy eating and regular exercise, in order to be effective. While surgery can result in significant weight loss, it also carries risks, including complications such as infections, bleeding, and malnutrition.

Pain and suffering inflicted on children

The pain and suffering inflicted on children by the American diet is so brutal that if it were administered with a stick, parents would be put in jail.” ~ John McDougall, MD

May not be mature enough

Dr. Sarah Armstrong, a Duke University pediatrics professor and the policy’s lead author, said that bariatric surgery is “Safe and effective for children.”

Dr. Armstrong raises a valid point about the need for children to fully understand the implications of bariatric surgery before undergoing the procedure. While age alone should not rule out the possibility of surgery, it is important to carefully evaluate each child’s maturity level and ability to make informed decisions about their health.

As Dr. Armstrong notes, bariatric surgery is not a quick fix and requires a lifelong commitment to lifestyle changes. It is crucial that children and their families fully understand the risks and benefits of the procedure and are prepared to make the necessary changes to maintain a healthy weight and prevent complications.

The rising rates of severe obesity among children and teens highlight the urgent need for effective interventions, including bariatric surgery in some cases. However, the high cost of the procedure and the limited availability of insurance coverage and surgery centers remain significant barriers to access for many families.

Before considering bariatric surgery, I invite you to consider hypnosis for weight loss. Weight loss hypnosis can be a healthy long lasting solution for overweight and obese children. Keep reading to find out how hypnosis for weight loss can be of benefit for you and your family.

Prevalence of Childhood Obesity in the United States

“Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States, putting children and adolescents at risk for poor health. Obesity prevalence among children and adolescents is still too high.

For children and adolescents aged 2-19 years in 2017-20201:

  • The prevalence of obesity was 19.7% and affected about 14.7 million children and adolescents.
  • Obesity prevalence was 12.7% among 2- to 5-year-olds, 20.7% among 6- to 11-year-olds, and 22.2% among 12- to 19-year-olds. Childhood obesity is also more common among certain populations.
  • Obesity prevalence was 26.2% among Hispanic children, 24.8% among non-Hispanic Black children, 16.6% among non-Hispanic White children, and 9.0% among non-Hispanic Asian children.
  • Obesity-related conditions include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems such as asthma and sleep apnea, and joint problems.”

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

1Read CDC National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data brief

Hypnosis for childhood obesity really works

Hypnosis for childhood obesity works. How do I know? Because frequently slender adults stop and introduce themselves to me and tell me how much I helped them as a child or a teen to lose weight and keep it off.

Lat summer a slender man stopped to talk to me on the Bainbridge ferry. He is now 30 years old. He said he was 12 when his family first came to see me to help him lose 25 pounds. I was so thankful that he talked to me and introduced me to his slender children. Weight loss hypnosis is a healthier and lasting solution to bariatric surgery.

Family affair

Childhood obesity is a family affair, and it is essential that parents and siblings participate in the weight loss journey. Research shows that family-based interventions that involve parents and siblings are more effective in promoting healthy weight loss and lifestyle changes in children and teens with obesity.

Parents play a crucial role in creating a healthy home environment, including making nutritious food choices, encouraging physical activity, and modeling healthy behaviors. Siblings can also provide support and encouragement for healthy lifestyle changes, such as engaging in physical activities together or preparing healthy meals as a family.

It is also important to address any underlying factors that may contribute to unhealthy eating habits or sedentary behavior in the family, such as stress, lack of time, or access to healthy foods and safe places to play.

Involving the whole family in the weight loss journey can be challenging, but it can also be an opportunity to promote healthier habits and improve the overall health and well-being of everyone in the family.

Weight loss hypnosis with Roger Moore is available online worldwide. I grew up as the fat chubby kid and was overweight most of my life. Twenty-eight years ago I let go of 120 pounds and I’ve kept it off with hypnosis for weight loss.

I’m happy to offer you a 90-minute free weight loss consultation. Call me at (760) 219-8079 or email me now. Together, no matter where you may live, we can develop a hypnosis program for you.

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