Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions
These free sessions provide an overview of the bariatric surgery process, the three types of weight loss surgery available for teens and the benefits, risks, advantages and disadvantages of each.
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To enter the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, physicians and patients may request appointments.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using body mass index (BMI) to screen for overweight children beginning at age 2 and through age 19. BMI highlights the risk for serious medical conditions and is a good indicator of whether or not a child will grow into an overweight adult.
To calculate BMI, the child’s weight is divided by his/her height squared and the result multiplied by 703 (weight ÷ height2 x 703). Calculate a child’s BMI. Once parents determine their child’s BMI, they should discuss it with their doctor.
Because children can grow quickly, especially during puberty, the child’s doctor can best interpret whether a BMI score is concerning.
Currently 30% of American youth are overweight or obese*
Source: Bray 2002,Freedman D, et al 1999; Dietz 1998a, Dietzs 1998b,Guo et al. 2002; Kramer 2002; Kvaavik et al. 2003; Must 2003; Polk 2005; Whitaker et al. 1997; WIC 2002
* Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2004
According to the Ohio’s Children Healthy Ohio Program 2009:
Obesity is one of ten indicators presenting critical preventable health threats for Franklin County, Ohio children. Read information on "Full Potential Community Report: Facts About Growing Up Healthy in Franklin County".