10 year old undergoes WLS

On February 3, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea




But still.  10!

I understand childhood obesity.  Not to this degree.  But 10?!?!

I weighed 320 at surgery at 25.  This kid weighed close to 280 at 10.  Yes, something had to be done, but OMG.


From Times of India:

10-year-old undergoes weight loss surgery

TNN, 23 January 2010, 05:31am IST
AHMEDABAD: At 10, Kshitiji Jindger from Chennai weighs 127 kg. Jindger used to be mostly confined to his home but after undergoing bariatric surgery, he is hoping to play his favourite sport cricket soon.

Jindger is Asia’s youngest patient to undergo bariatric surgery,” said city-based laparoscopic and obesity surgeon Dr Mahendra Narwaria who conducted the operation.

He added that Jindger had normal body weight at birth but started gaining excess weight after he turned two. “He was doubling his weight every other year, the body mass index was at 54.3, normally it should be 22 to 23. Jindger underwent laproscopoic sleeve gastrectomy over a month ago and already lost 13.5 kg,” said Narwaria.

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric or weight loss procedure in which the surgeon removes approximately 80 per cent of the stomach, shaping the remaining stomach into a tube or sleeve’. The surgery is done through sophisticated medical instruments and using titanium clips.

Referring to a recent city survey, Narwaria said, “According to research, 16 per cent children going to private schools in Ahmedabad are obese. These are alarming figures.”

Explaining reasons for obesity in young children, he added, “Imbalance in energy intake, junk food, sedentary lifestyle aggravates the problem. Only less than five percent obesity is caused by abnormality like hormonal, genetic and syndromic causes,” added Narwaria.

According to him, obesity in children doubles the mortality rate and kids suffer from depression, hypertension, sleep apnea, diabetes and menstrual disorders in women.

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