Surgeons are calling for children to be offered publicly funded stomach-stapling operations

Dominion Post 23 Dec 06
Surgeons are calling for children to be offered publicly funded stomach-stapling operations in a bid to treat soaring rates of extreme obesity. New Zealand hospitals have been reluctant to consider weight-loss operations in young adolescents because of the risks of major surgery, and the potential for long-term complications such as nutrient deficiency. However, growing numbers of teenagers are so overweight they are suffering diseases previously seen almost exclusively in adults. These include type-2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, high blood pressure and gall bladder disease. Some are at risk of heart attacks and strokes in their 20s.