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How Young Is Too Young For Bariatric Surgery?

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 5:30am
Carrie Gann

A gastric sleeve operation helped Betsy Sanchez, of Coahuila, Mexico, lose nearly 70 pounds, reports the Daily Mail. She's only 12. Her case is becoming increasingly familiar as doctors perform bariatric surgery on younger adolescents and children.

Before her operation, Betsy weighed 210 pounds and had a body mass index of 41, the paper says. Her mother, Ana Sanchez, said she tried to cut portion sizes for her daughter as she grew heavier, but Betsy would demand seconds and throw tantrums if she didn't get snacks.

"Diet and exercise didn't work for Betsy. She was addicted to food, only surgery would work," Sanchez told the Daily Mail.

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