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Children undergoing radical surgery for weight problems

A new documentary series for Channel 4 has revealed a few of the cases that doctors have to cope with at a specialist NHS clinic that offers gastric bypass operations.

Among those featured was a 12-year-old boy, believed to be the youngest to have such a procedure, according to data from the National Bariatric Surgery Register.

The two-part programme, Junk Food Kids: Who’s To Blame?, featured one 13-year-old girl who weighed 16st. The schoolgirl had been assessed for weight loss surgery, which costs around £12,000. As a last attempt at losing weight naturally without the need for surgery, the family was presented with a diet sheet, but were later filmed going to a fast food restaurant for a treat.

A four-year-old girl is also featured on the show, but it was revealed that she has difficulty fitting into a school uniform suitable for a nine-year-old. Her mother admitted to giving her sweets for an “easy life” and her daughter is filmed following surgery to remove eight teeth, which were decayed due to the sugars in her diet.

Fiona Campbell, a consultant at Leeds Children’s Hospital, said that although health professionals do understand the difficulties facing parents, it is their duty as guardians to look after children, so they are to blame for their kids being overweight.

As more children face weight-loss surgery, schools are attempting to influence pupils to make healthier choices from the school tuckshop. Lincolnshire institutions often offer nutritious alternatives to sugary and fat-laden snacks in a bid to fight obesity.

Posted by Susan
February 26, 2015

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