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A young girl’s weight-loss success

A young girl’s weight-loss success

It can be difficult to be a parent of a child who is overweight, especially when you feel as though you can’t do anything about it. Alexis Shapiro’s mother Jenny wanted to see her daughter become mobile again after brain surgery caused Alexis to gain excess weight.  

“I was just holding onto hope,” Jenny told Yahoo Parenting. “This was our last resort.” 

Jenny took Alexis in to undergo sleeve gastrectomy one year ago in an attempt to reduce the 150 pounds she had gained on her small frame. Alexis was 13 years old at the time of surgery, and has since lost an impressive 60 pounds.  

“We’re just so excited,” said Jenny. “It’s great to see her move around better and be happier and be part of the family more -- all because of her weight loss. Her life isn’t consumed by thinking about food anymore.”

Read more about Alexis’ journey on Yahoo Parenting.

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Minorities at higher risk for gaining weight in childhood, report says

Minorities at higher risk for gaining weight in childhood, report says

A recent study reveals that minorities may be more likely to gain weight in childhood than their Caucasian counterparts. The research findings point to the risk of children becoming overweight or obese as adults if they are of African-American, Hispanic, or American Indian descent.

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Severely obese adolescents have higher CVD risks, says study

Severely obese adolescents have higher CVD risks, says study

There are many risks associated with obesity, and an ongoing study is working on finding the cardiovascular risks of severe pediatric obesity. Adolescents participating in the “Teen Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery” (Teen-LABS) across the country at five major clinical centers published findings regarding the baseline prevalence and predictors of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in severely obese adolescents.

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NYTimes.com: Surgery for obese children?

The New York Times ran an article about the unknown consequences of children and teens going through weight loss surgery. While the newspaper states that those who have received bariatric surgery have had promising results, it is still unknown whether or not the long-term results of teens and children who have received bariatric surgery will be as promising.

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Teens and weight-loss surgery

The question of teens and WLS has been attracting a great deal of media attention over the past few years. Some bariatric surgery programs even cater specifically to teens. Bariatric experts stand on both sides of the issue when it comes to teens and weight-loss surgery. Some believe that intervening with surgery will keep obese adolescents from developing serious health problems in adulthood. Other bariatricians state that weight-loss surgery in teens is still considered experimental and that other methods should first be exhausted.

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