Scientists from the UK and the United States have stressed that lifestyle changes, diet, exercise and weight gain prevention should always be the first option for overweight children and treatment with drugs should be rarely used.
Operations such as those which apply gastric bands to limit the stomach size of severely overweight people should only be considered as a last resort. Though the risks and long term effects are more well known for adults there is little research into what long term effects this type of surgery could have on children.
Experts are suggesting that surgery such as this should only be an option for those children with a body mass index over 50 and even then should be considered with extreme caution.
If you have a child who is overweight or severely overweight then you should consider introducing certain lifestyle changes that you can discuss with your GP. Hypnotherapy for weight loss is also known to be highly successful and side effect free and might also be an option for parents wanting to try an alternative method to medication. If you would like to contact a hypnotherapist in your local area to discuss this issue then you can do so using the homepage of this site. For more information on weight-loss hypnotherapy please click here.
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