Lean Teens Program in Jacksonville Florida

Childhood obesity is a major topic of concern. Whether you tune into CNN®, Oprah®, or your local news station or pick up the daily news paper whether will be a story about this crisis situation.

Recently, CNN® covered a story warning that childhood obesity is a national security threat. According to Mission: Ready, a group of retired admirals, generals and other senior military leaders; 27 percent of young Americans are medically ineligible for the military. The group has urged Congress to pass a new childhood nutrition law to remove junk food from schools, improve the nutritional standards and quality of school meals, and open access to anti-obesity programs for children.

In February of 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama announced her new nationwide program “Let’s Move” to help educate parents on the importance of nutrition and exercise, improve the quality of food in schools, make healthy foods more affordable and accessible for families, and focus more on physical education.

The Florida Times Union ran a story stating some staggering statistics regarding today’s adolescents in Jacksonville, Florida. According to the 2006 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey, 27.9 percent of Jacksonville middle school students and 28.4 percent of Jacksonville high school students reported weights and heights that classified them as overweight or obese. According to the 2007 Presidential Physical Fitness Test results, 70 percent of Duval County students scored below average.

Research shows that over the past 30 years childhood obesity has more than tripled. The effects of obesity on today’s adolescents have both immediate and long term health problems. Obese adolescents are at risk for being diagnosed with conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and social psychological problems such as poor self-esteem. Fortunately, weight loss surgery offers a high resolution rate for younger patients who have not suffered these conditions for long periods of time.

Obesity in adolescents will dramatically reduce life expectancy. In most cases, it leads to depression, diabetes, long term health problems and even early death. According to Professorhouse.com, teenage obesity is one of the fastest growing teen health problems in America.

The decision to have bariatric surgery as a weight loss method for adolescents is a significant one for both physicians and parents. Patients and their families undergo a treatment preparation phase prior to surgery that is vital to the success of the surgical process and that continues as a process of lifestyle change following the surgery. It is extremely important to consider the aftercare program the adolescent and their family follows after surgery. At Jacksonville Weight Loss Center, the teen and family members will work with Dr. Cywes, as well as the licensed mental health counselor, dietitian and exercise specialist to ensure maximum weight loss success. Coping with teenage obesity is a family matter, and it requires a family solution.

Leading The Nation In Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery

Jacksonville Weight Loss Center first performed an adolescent LAP-BAND® procedure in 2005 and since then we have performed the largest number of adolescent weight loss surgeries in the nation, with the youngest being 12 years old.

To learn more about our Lean Teen adolescent program, please contact us today for a consultation.

Note: Currently, many insurance companies are not covering bariatric surgery in patients under 18 years of age.

The Junior Weigh Medical Weight Loss Program

The Junior Weigh is a medically supervised conservative weight loss and maintenance program for children and adolescents. It is designed to guide patients through a 24 week program where they will work with a team of specialists to meet their weight loss and lifestyle change goals.

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To schedule a consultation, contact us today 561-627-4107