When you read that the above boy had a body mass index of over 41, you can see why desperation set in for his parents. On top of it all, the boy suffered from sleep apnea due to his weight issues. He also started developing bowed legs due to the excessive weight on his body frame.
It’s a sight we’re starting to unfortunately see in the United States much too often. And while two years old seems excessive, some clinics in Canada are already offering sleeve gastrectomy surgeries to those over 10 years old.
Curbing Obesity in Pre-Teens
It seems we mostly see obesity start to manifest in the pre-teen years and not always at infancy. In Toronto, Canada, surgeries to help curb obesity are already happening in those aged 12-17. The only caveat is that it’s provided only after diet and exercise doesn’t seem to work. Also, it’s only allowed if those teens have other associated medical conditions like Diabetes.
The good news is that it seems to be working for those teens. In the above CTV report, one girl lost over 100 pounds. This was after she gained weight from eating too much due to the effects of brain tumor surgery. Regardless, if more turn up like the boy from Saudi Arabia, there may be some concerns about whether sleeve gastrectomy surgery is really the right option.
The most significant concern with performing this surgery on someone only two years old is that it could create vitamin deficiencies as he grows older. However, this isn’t really certain, and it’s emphasized how new this story is in the annals of bariatric surgery. We can only hope that boy from Saudi Arabia is a rare case who still ends up as a healthy adult. After the surgery, his BMI went to a very healthy level that could stand as a model for others. And even if we never want to see obese infants, the world we live in may allow bariatric surgeries to be true gifts for many families.
If you’re an adult who’s suffering from obesity and wants to consider bariatric surgery as a solution, visit us here at Desert Surgical & Bariatric Specialists. Or contact us so we can describe the various surgical options available to you that are both reversible and permanent.