Even before all the difficulties I have been experiencing as of late, I have always disagreed with the idea of kids having WLS. I have even gone back to some of my earlier posts on the support forums to make sure my own words didn't come back to haunt me. Even when I was a staunch supporter of WLS, I was looking at the possible long term effects it may have if used on kids.
I stumbled on a blog the other day that really went into detail about this issue, She Dances On The Sand. In preparation for doing the posts she asked for comments from the readers.
She Dances On The Sand: THIS IS IMPORTANT!
There are very, very few, if any, situations where a child needs to undergo bariatric surgery to save his or her life--where it is such an emergency that they cannot wait until they are old enough to make a proper decision and give informed consent.
Is there anyone out there who cares about this issue? Or am I lone voice on this matter? I want comments, lots and lots of them, telling me how you feel about this!
Although most of the people I know in the WLS community are against this surgery for kids, I was astounded at how these many posters felt. It was a real awakening for me. Here are just a few of the comments, be sure and head over to the post for the rest:
I bolded that last sentence on purpose to make the point. Obese does not equal unhealthy any more than thin equals healthy. Here are a couple posts that will enlighten you on that aspect.
Don’t You Realize Fat Is Unhealthy? « Shapely Prose
Big Fat Facts: The Truth About Fat, Obesity, Gastric Bypass, and Weight Loss
Getting back to the whole issue of this post, Kids having WLS. I could go on and on about this. But these posts do it for me. Read and learn.
She Dances On The Sand: Kids and WLS, Part One: Introduction, and Physical health concerns
She Dances On The Sand: Kids & WLS, Part Two: Psychological considerations
She Dances On The Sand: Kids & WLS, Part Three: Informed Consent