Friday, January 4, 2008

This is getting ridiculous......

Just found this on the Junkfood Science blog.....

Bringing in the new year, Radio Iowa reported from a bariatric surgeon at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. Increasing numbers of teens are coming in wanting bariatric surgeries, according to Dr. Ranjan Sudan, and “some doctors are looking at performing weight loss surgeries [sic] on children as young as five.”

Five.




I'm all for adults having WLS. Hey they are adults. they can research all the life altering changes that accompany the surgery. But I draw the line at children.

Have we as a nation become so bogged down in our fat-phobia thinking that we would consider giving WLS to a five year old. Sheesh.........

5 comments:

OhYeahBabe said...

That is really disheartening to hear! What drives these surgeons? Greed?

OYB
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BamaGal said...

The surgeons are greedy that's for sure.

But my question is ---What drives a parent of a 5 year old to look to have their child have WLS???

That is the scary thing.....

OhYeahBabe said...

Oh I totally get that, Bamagal. I just meant that the surgeons should be wiser than the parents in those cases. They know all the risks! Can you imagine how the post-surgery diet will screw up these kids thinking for life?!? And medicine in general is so much different physiologically for kids than adults. It's just a freaking minefield!
OYB


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Sparky's Girl said...

This is simply unbelieveable! Why would you do this to your child?? Feeding the right HAS to be easier and is surely less expensive! Shame on the doctors and parents!

Cindy Moore said...

Unbelievable! a 5 yr old? A teenager shouldn't get WLS, let alone a 5 yr old!