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Weight loss surgery should be offered to more kids with obesity

Only a small fraction of kids who are eligible for weight loss surgery actually get the procedure.
Only a small fraction of kids who are eligible for weight loss surgery actually get the procedure. (Deposit Photos/)

Millions of children and adolescents in the United States who have severe obesity meet the criteria for weight loss surgery, which evidence shows is a safe and effective treatment for that group, every year. However, only around 1,600 of them undergo the procedure each year, says Evan Nadler, the co-director of the National Obesity Programs at Children’s National

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