Author Affiliations: Division of Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Dr Livingston is also a Contributing Editor, JAMA.
Adolescent obesity is a vexing problem for which there are few good solutions. Obese children develop metabolic syndrome. Because the cardiovascular complications of metabolic syndrome result from many years of exposure to hyperglycemia, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension, early onset of these problems portends significant disease later in life.1 For these reasons, treating adolescent obesity is important.
Livingston EH. Surgical Treatment of Obesity in Adolescence. JAMA. 2010;303(6):559-560. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.99