Children as Young as 13 Given Gastric Bands

Children as young as 13 are being given gastric bands as numbers having bariatric surgery shoot up 16-fold in 10 years.

The number of people in Britain needing weight loss surgery has “rocketed in the past decade and now includes children as young as 13.” Estimates suggest the number of people in the U.K. undergoing surgery has risen 16-fold in 10 years. An article in the Daily Mail UK notes among those who had bariatric surgery in the last three years, 570 were younger than 25; 62 were under 18 years old; and 17 morbidly obese children under the age of 16.

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