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August 16, 2019 - AAP News and Journals

Study: More children having metabolic and bariatric surgery

Study: More children having metabolic and bariatric surgery
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The number of adolescents having metabolic and bariatric surgery (MBS) at children’s hospitals is rising, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

The findings come as obesity rates are increasing. About 18.5% of U.S. children ages 2-19 years have obesity, meaning their body mass index (BMI) is at or above the 95th percentile for their age and sex. About 6% of children have severe obesity, meaning their BMI is at or above 120% of the 95th percentile or is at least 35 kg/m2, according to the study.

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