About the adolescent bariatric program

While non-operative weight management is the best option for many adolescents with morbid obesity, weight loss surgery in some cases is necessary. Studies show that 50% to 77% of adolescents who are obese carry their obesity into adulthood, thus increasing their risks of developing serious and often life-threatening conditions. In addition to health implications, there s also one other area that can be very serious—weight bias and bullying.

Palms of Pasadena Hospital's Adolescent Bariatric Program is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program. The bariatric surgeons, internists, psychologists, dieticians and therapists work together to help each patient reach their weight loss goals. Our Adult and Adolescent Bariatric Program has been recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) which is affiliated with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Society Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Our services

  • Comprehensive preoperative assessment with an experienced bariatric surgeon, internist, nutritionist and psychologist
  • Post-operative programs, including medical care for improvements in medical problems, nutritional counseling and psychological assistance
  • Psychologist supported group meetings with your own age group to help ensure goals are maintained and to assist in the prevention of post-operative weight gain. Support group topics focus on real life issues which include:
    • Adjusting to one s new body image
    • Eating out
    • Healthy cooking
    • Stress and emotional eating
    • Peer pressure

Who should be considered for weight loss surgery?

The criteria for weight loss surgery in adolescents require special consideration and standards. Surgery must be performed in a hospital with adolescent classification. A partial list of criteria includes:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age; and
  • Must have failed at least three (3) months of organized attempts of weight management, as determined by your health care provider; and
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 35 with serious obesity related co-morbidities or Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40; and
  • Committed to comprehensive medical evaluation, psychological evaluation, nutritional counseling and long term follow-up.

The cycle of childhood obesity

Healthy child

  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High fatty foods
  • Genetic/hormonal/medical conditions

Mildly obese child

  • Extra 10 lbs
  • Inhibits movement

Moderately obese child

  • Extra 20-50 lbs
  • Exercise becomes uncomfortable and painful

Severely obese child

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Pulmonary disease
  • High medical bills
  • Mortality

Obese adult

  • Asthma, diabetes, and other diseases prevent exercise and bring on depression and low esteem