Is Surgery An Option For Obese Kids?
on: December 12, 2008, 5:30 am
Release Author: Arbor
Release Summary: IS SURGERY AN OPTION FOR OBESE KIDS?
Release Body: (SOUTHBURY, CT)—According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, over nine million children in
the United States are now considered overweight or obese. But
as more and more adults turn to various forms of surgery to deal
with their obesity, the question arises whether or not the same
medical procedures are suitable for children.
Weight-loss surgery can be an effective option for some severely
obese adults who have been unable to lose weight using conventional
weight-loss methods. However, as with any type of surgery, there
are risks and potential long-term complications.
Perhaps more importantly, the long-term effects of weight-loss
surgery on a child’s future growth and development are largely
Some parents are convinced that weight-loss surgery may be the
only solution for their child’s obesity. However, there
is no guarantee that your child will get down to a normal healthy
weight or keep off the weight in the long run.
Dr. Armen Ketchedjian, author of the book Will It Hurt?
A Parent’s Practical Guide to Children’s Surgery,
cautions against this radical approach when it comes to pediatric
dieting and weight loss.
don’t believe that this kind of surgery is necessary or
practical for children,” says Dr. Ketch, as he is known
to his patients. “I think that proper diet and behavioral
modification are much more appropriate in this case. Teaching
your child to follow a healthy lifestyle makes a lot more sense.”
Here are some tips Dr. Ketch recommends for parents who want to
help their children lose weight and become healthier:
• Make sure the child is physically active every day
• Have the child plan and cook healthy meals with the parents
• Avoid trips to fast-food restaurants
• Stock the pantry with healthy snacks
• Avoid buying and keeping junk food in the house
Dr. Ketch’s book, Will It Hurt?, is intended
to educate parents about pediatric surgery. It is an easy-to-read
resource that will give parents, their children and their families
the help and reassurance they need to make any surgical experience
as stress-free as possible.
Listed in The Guide to America’s Top Anesthesiologists by
the Consumer Research Council of America, Dr. Ketch trained at
Cornell Medical Center with a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center and a pain management elective at Boston Children’s
Hospital. He has worked to help develop new techniques in ambulatory
anesthesia, taught medical students and residents and cared for
more than 10,000 patients.
Dr. Ketch is also the author of the children’s book Golden
Apples (winner of the 2008 Reviewer’s Choice Award), a beautifully
illustrated book that aims to help educate children about the
dangers of drug abuse.
For more information, contact the author directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WARREN ENTERPRISES, LLC and author Dr. Armen G. Ketchedjian chose
Arbor Books, Inc. (www.ArborBooks.com)
to design and promote Will It Hurt? A Parent’s Practical
Guide to Children’s Surgery. Arbor Books is an internationally
renowned, full-service book design, ghostwriting and marketing
(Will It Hurt? A Parent’s Practical Guide to Children’s
Surgery by Dr. Ketch; ISBN: 0-9815373-0-8; $14.95; 172 pages;
5½” x 8 ½”; softcover with illustrations;
WARREN ENTERPRISES, LLC)
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