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Kids Obesity and Gastric Bands

Updated on September 18, 2010

This is not an article to preach to parents - just my thoughts...

Obesity is on the increase in adults and kids but it’s more saddening to see young kids looking very overweight. I have observed over the years that these kids are not really to blame. Nowadays, the food we consume is full of unhealthy additives and makes them blow up. Hence, you see a 10 year old girl who has already started developing into a woman. Decades ago this used to be well into a girl’s teens.

Also, even though parents can have an influence, the schools also have a responsibility. Watching a Program this month, Jamie Oliver (well known Food guru in UK) visited a school in America. The kids were having Pizza for Breakfast. If Pizza is for Breakfast then what will be for lunch? Jamie later prepared a meal for them with vegetable and fruits, but most of the kids ate just a bit and threw it in the bin. It would make such a healthy difference if kids could cut down on eating food with additives.

List of Food Additives to Avoid.


Gastric Bands

Sometimes, getting kids to exercise, home cooking their meals and encouraging them to eat Fruit/Veg doesn’t deal with Obesity quick enough. In such cases, Gastric Bands could be considered - for Teens only.

This is a restrictive device placed around the upper part of the stomach. It creates a small pouch at the upper part of the stomach that will hold some food for each meal. The pouch fills quickly with food, as the band restricts the movement of food from there to the lower stomach. It helps the person to be hungry less often and feel full more quickly for a longer period of time. It will make them eat smaller portions, which would eventually result in weight loss, over time.

Gastric Band

Final Thoughts: Obesity affects our kids in many ways. They get bullied, ridiculed, lack confidence and sometimes obesity can trigger other health problems – such as diabetes or something else.

Let's help kids enjoy their Childhood.


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    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Good to know, Support Med. I'm sure your kids will keep this healthy habit especially as they exercise with you. It will always attract a good memory.

      I'm glad your kids like Veg, some parents have to hide Vegetables in food. E.g putting them in Spring rolls, or Meat pies.

      Best Wishes.

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      Support Med. 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      OMG! It really is sad when children have to have any type of surgery for reducing weight. The hormones/chemicals in the food really is a big problem. My two children and I have started exercising together. It's actually fun and we have lots of laughs (mainly at me, LOL!!!). I am glad we all love fruits/vegetables. And when I grocery shop, I make certain to always bring home some fruit. Meat can be stretched out, so fitting in fruit is not a problem. Excellent hub!!!

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks stars439 - It's sad to see but hopefully the situation will improve, as parents rise to the challenge.

      Nice of you to drop by. :)

    • stars439 profile image


      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very nice read. Educational. Sad to see children with problems of obesity. God Bless You.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Springboard - it's a very good opinion. If all parents did this, kids will not get obese. I'm glad you stopped by to share that. Regards.

    • Springboard profile image


      7 years ago from Wisconsin

      I certainly think it is important for parents to recognize trends that are not the best ones for their children. That's just good parenting. If you see your kid playing with a book of matches, you take them away. If you see your kid chase after a ball into the street you yell for them to stop. And if you see your child is getting bigger around the waist, you intervene and help the child to make healthier decisions about what they eat. That's just my opinion. It's an epidemic that's very troubling to me.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Aaawh Dreamreachout - I'm so sorry. I didn't get it but will send you an email immediately. Take Care.

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      7 years ago

      Elena, Probably you did not get my email sent twice!! My mother passed away on the 6th of September suddenly after a massive heart attack!! This comes within 18 months of passing away of my younger brother last year. We are still trying to come to terms with the situation!! I have been away from computer mostly but did inform my good friends like you.

      Dont know yet whether BigB is part of the CWG!! Will let you know!!

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Excellent suggestions ahorseback and enjoyable too.

      Glad you stopped by. :)

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      7 years ago

      Lady E , this is scary , this band , I would sooner turn off the video games , computors and televisions for kids, Take them outdoors and teach them how to be kids again, building a tree house ,playing ,running , jumping swimming .etc... the problem is less about whats inside the food and more about whats inside the mind of parents letting a fat kid sit in a chair all day. You care though , thats obvious , and thats where it starts. Great hub.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi K9 - So true, the ingredients are cleverly disguised. Thanks for stopping. I appreciate your comments.

      ** Hello Bingskee, thanks for sharing your personal story. I wish your son all the best and hope he is able to maintain the health goals you have for him. He is in safe hands. :)

      ** Nice to see you Amorea. Thanks for your comments. I am touched by your second paragraph. It's just as well the supermarkets in UK now ask for proof of Age for when young people buy Alcohol these days...

      Enjoy the weekend.

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      7 years ago

      Lady E thank you - another very thought-provoking hub - you're right; 'if pizza's for breakfast what's for lunch?'!

      You're right also that way back (when I was young) youngsters stayed 'youngsters' for much longer than they seem to now.

      Thank you again.

    • bingskee profile image


      7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      i believe it is the sedentary way of life. and also, how parents respond to the children's cravings. parents are so easy to give in. or just plain lazy?

      my son grew obese when he was in elementary grade. the grandma pampered him and did not learn to eat veggies and fruits until high school. he is bigger than me now. not obese but still needs to get rid of some fat.

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      India Arnold 

      7 years ago from Northern, California

      American diets are the worst and the best; the contrast is most disturbing. So many food items on the shelves in our US markets have ingredients in them as such, if you knew what they were you would never put them in your body. However the items are cleverly disguised so we do not realise what we consume. It is a sad day when "gastric bands for kids" are on the rise for demand; however needed they may be. You provide wonderful images and invoke thought on the matter.

      You have done good things here.


    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Allan - You've noted all the right things to do - it's parents/guardians having the discipline to follow through. Macdonalds once a week as a treat doesn't hurt but some just have a habit of "Takeaways"

      Hope you enjoyed the Apple. :)

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      Allan Douglas 

      7 years ago from Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

      Very thought provoking hub Lady_E. Just last night my wife and I were discussing how the new norm for "home cooking" is to pull a box of this and a can of that out of the pantry and mix them together in a sauce pan. I understand there are several TV shows dedicated to just this type of cooking. That can't be healthy! Eating all the wrong foods - and too much of the wrong foods at that - is a major problem these days. But trying to reverse the problem would require people to actually WANT to learn to cook good food instead of using boxes and cans or whipping through a drive-though on the way home. The pictures you included in the hub are just heart breaking! It's snack time... I'm going to go eat an apple. Thanks!

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hello Always exploring - It's heartbreaking to read that this is the first time in history children are dying at an early age, due to obesity. Lets hope parents buckle up. Hey, feel free to rant. lol. I do too on touchy Hubs. It's lovely to see you again. Regards.

      ** You hit the nail on the head MPG. It's a straight forward thing to do. I understand sometimes parents are tired after a long days hard work but sometimes we have to pay the price to keep our kids healthy. Thanks for stopping.

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      Marie Giunta 

      7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Why are people who are obese looking for a quick fix? Gastric banding for kids is just gross, honestly what are their parents thinking???

      There is no magic bullet - you eat too much and don't exercise you will get fat! Eat healthy and exercise you will lose weight. That's it. Junk food is not the problem, all food is if you are overweight.

      Thanks Lady E for a great article on a subject I am passionate about. Voted up.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Just the thought of gastric bands for children makes me angry, not at the children, the parents. Some mothers are so lazy and fat, they refuse to cook a proper meal for their family. I read that this will be the first time in history when children die at an early age due to obesity, how sad. Thank you for writing this hub, maybe it will wake people up, another thing, people run down a person for drinking alcohol and smoking, but think nothing of over-eating. I don,t smoke or drink, but i would rather do that than be a glutton. My how i have ranted on. lol


    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Mike - you have certainly identified part of the problem at the beginning of your comments. It's true Gastric bands are extreme and I'm sure have risks too but let's hope it doesn't have to come to that. Glad you stopped by. Best Wishes.

      ** Thanks for sharing those comments Hello Hello. I honestly don't think using a Microwave everyday is healthy. (radiation). It's a good point you noted - "it takes just as long to heat up on the stove". Nice to see you. Ps. Hope you enjoyed watcing Pope's visit. I think it was a very positive one. Take care.

      ** Thanks Mind Matters, Regards.

      ** KoffeeKlatch Gals - I appreciate you sharing those comments. Best Wishes.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** OMG Anglnwu - Well, I'm glad the kids now know that french fries are from potatoes. Your comments are spot on and I'm glad you came by to share them. Regards.

      ** Thanks Mih36 - I agree with you, they need to be shown the right way or else they will take those habits into their late teens, early twenties and then it get's very hard to break the habit. Thanks so much for stopping.

      ** Thanks Jai - for those practical tips that are so simple to carry out. It's nice to know Michelle O is encouraging this good practice too. I wasn't aware of that. Glad you stopped by.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wonderful information. It's an unfortunate thing, we see so many overweight children now. The problem is not always just eating a mountain of food and no exercise. There are so many factors that figure into a child becoming obese. It's too bad that some of them manage to get themselves to the point of needing that extra bit of help.

    • mindmatters profile image


      7 years ago from South Africa

      Hold on. "The WEIGHT LOSS REVELATION" is coming. There is a root cause and that is what we have to look at.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Great hub and I am wondering whether that, all over sudden, obesity everywhere has something to do with ready made meals and the microwave. In my opinion it is not the food itself and replacing it with salad and fruit I can't imagine children eating it. These ready made meals are just that too small a portion so the children and adults eat something else or two of the meals. Then the microwaves, we don't know what they do to our body. You can taste it so it must go into our body. I can't see the point because it takes just as long to heat it up on the stove.

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      Mike Lickteig 

      7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Hi Elena. Obesity is certainly a serious problem, and a tragic one for kids. I think part of the problem is that when both parents are forced to work outside the home, home-cooked meals got worse and eating out (or bringing home fast food) became more prevalent. Parents also came home from work exhausted. This also supported a sedentary lifestyle, whether it was television 25 years ago or computers nowadays. It is frightening to think of the unhealthy life kids are being sentenced to.

      I always felt the gastric bands were extreme, but maybe that's what things are coming to. A scary thought. Thanks for sharing the information--obesity is so tragic.


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      Jai Warren 

      7 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Elena, I love Jamie Oliver, Michelle Obama and everyone involved in teaching our kids about eating a healthy diet. But, If a child, or for that matter an adult, is that overweight, it's not about fast food. It's about over eating and lack of exercise. Gastric bands and Liposuction should be a last resort, not a solution. Put the laptop down, turn off the TV and take a twenty minute walk everyday. Exercise curbs the appetite! Lady E, great Hub, you always keep us thinking. Thanks, Ciao!

    • Mih36 profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      This is a very big problem. We need to make sure our kids eat right and stay in shape. Its not easy these days with all the commercials and advertising for junk food. Great article. Thanks for sharing

    • anglnwu profile image


      7 years ago

      Obesity has its roots not only fast foods but in the fast lifestyle that we live. With little time to prepare home-cooked foods, kids have fast foods for almost every meal.It's a vicious cycle. Once I watched a Jamie Oliver's episode where he was trying to educate kids on eating healthy natural foods and most of the kids have no idea what vegetables are what. They didn't even know that french fries came from potatoes. Anyway, thanks for raising the flag. Good read.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      @ Robwrite - Whipping out a Cellular instead of walking to the payphone really got me. Every thing is so close to hand these days and Indeed "why stroll to the library when you can Google" Remote controls etc. etc. No movement, no exercise. Glad you stopped by. Best Wishes.

      @ Katie - The band is scary but it's for really Obese teenagers. It would be a last resort and can be taken out. Thanks for stopping. Nice to see you.

      @ Tim - Thanks Tim. Sober comments. You are so right but I didn't want to go into all that in this article, incase people thought I was telling them how to raise their kids. A lot of parents know what to do, but still don't do it until the situation gets out of hand. Kids should be taught how to cook. Daily Microwave meals are unhealthy too. Parents have a very vital role to play but lots of them work round the clock. I appreciate you stoppping by.

      @ Deborrah - Thanks. The Gastric bands is only for Teens. In UK we have lots of teens who have Liposuction on the NHS. (our Health Service is Free). Bands would be a last resort for very big Kids. I have seen teens undergo Liposuction surgery Live on TV and it doesn't look nice, besides they might still continue eating as usual. The band restricts them. I know it's so sad but this is what our Society has come too.

      Thanks for sharing your comments. Regards.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Lady E, Excellent informative hub! Great illustrations! This is a serious manner. I think it is really important to encourage healthy eating for children as well as everyone else! It is reaching epidemic proportions. I agree that schools factor in the problem. I also think it is very important that parents become increasingly aware of the individual temperament needs of each child. Food should not be used as a pacifier or companion… Fast food intake should be also cut down to a minimal… getting the child involved in the preparation of meals is recommended and teaching them better eating habits…

      I think the idea of gastric bands for children is a bit extreme but should only considered and used as a last and futile resort when there is no other means to control the eating habits and the child has no other recourse…

      Thank you for sharing you have certainly given us much to consider and ponder! In HIS, Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      Tim Blackstone 

      7 years ago

      Wow. Gastric bands for kids. What a shocking idea and a terrible example of how society today seems to have abandonded the idea that we should look after our kids properly rather than just filling them up with snack foods.

      There has been a whole generation that have learned about food and cooking from adverts on TV. I like to think that attitudes are changing and we are better at educating the current generation about healthy lifestyles so they will be better parents but it will take some years and in the meantime we have kids who will die younger than they should.

      Good thought provoking hub.

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      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      This is so scary. You don't know until your taught the problem is the bad habits these kids develope are what their taught, the Gastric Bands for kids, oh my. Thanks for the vital topic.

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      7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      Excellent hub. Very important. I wonder also if part of the reason for children being so overweight is the more sedentary lifestyle kids have today. Entertainment comes from computers and video games now. The average child spends hours a day online, instead of running around outside. Kids used to climb trees; now they go on internet chat rooms. Why stroll to the library when you can google? They don't even have to walk to find a pay phone now; they can just whip out the cellular. I think we, as a species, were meant to be more active.


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