Teen Obesity Is On The Rise

Our obesity experts are already seeing teenage patients develop type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea. Even with aggressive attempts to lose weight with lifestyle changes, many adolescent patients continue to struggle with weight and its associated medical conditions.

Challenges Of Obesity In Teens

Being overweight or obese through adolescence is challenging in many ways. First of all, there are psychological tolls during an already difficult phase of life. Teens who are obese tend to be more depressed, have more social anxiety, lower self-esteem, and face increased bullying. In addition, they face diseases that used to be thought of as “adult diseases” like type 2 diabetes. About 70% of teens who are obese already have a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Since teens who are obese often grow up to be adults who are obese, New York Bariatric group now offers bariatric surgery options for adolescent patients between the ages of 16 and 18.

Bariatric Program For Adolescents

In Fall 2014, St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY was accredited by MBSAQIP (the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program) as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent qualifications. After their thorough review, MBSAQIP concluded that St. Charles had all the necessary support and infrastructure to address the unique needs of adolescent bariatric patients. As one of the first programs available on Long Island for teens, the program is offering select patients the option to consider laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a tool to lose weight and maintain weight loss for life.

The adolescent program has a multidisciplinary approach that includes a thorough review of nutritional needs, evaluation of psychosocial support concerns, and a comprehensive medical evaluation. The program includes parents as an important component in helping to provide the best chance of success with an educated, positive, supportive structure. If you would like more information regarding weight loss options for adolescents, please call our office at 800-633-THIN for further information and to make an appointment to see one of our experts.

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Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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