Posts Tagged ‘adolescent health’

The Daunting Barriers to Bariatric Surgery for Teens

April 18, 2022 — New data keeps documenting the safety, health, and quality of life benefits from bariatric surgery for teens who need it. But only a tiny number of the 4.5 million young people with severe obesity receive this procedure. So what are the daunting barriers that stand in the way? A new qualitative study in SOARD offers […]

The Pandemic Rise in Eating Disorders

February 19, 2022 — To folks who concern themselves with eating disorders, this is not news. Rather, it is confirmation. The pandemic has brought a sharp rise in eating disorders. A new report yesterday in the MMWR provides solid documentation. In fact, the proportion of emergency department visits with eating disorders doubled for teenage girls during the pandemic. Emily […]

For Teens with Obesity, COVID Vaccines Save Lives

October 21, 2021 — A new report in MMWR this week provides a stark reminder. COVID vaccines save lives – especially for teens with obesity and other medical conditions. The study analyzed 464 patients 12 to 18 years old. Of those, 179 were hospitalized with COVID-19 and 285 were case controls. Nearly three quarters (72 percent) of these patients […]

COVID-19 and an Epidemic of Eating Disorders

October 13, 2021 — In so many ways, COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down, and the disruption continues. Casual – and annoying – talk about pandemic weight gain continues to swirl, thought the data on this tells a very mixed story. But something more serious is getting less attention – a sharp spike in eating disorders for young […]

Is Facebook Promoting Self-Stigma?

September 17, 2021 — For some time, it’s been clear to mental health professionals that social media could be a problem for teens. Facebook, which owns Instagram, has long minimized the issue. But reporting this week from the Wall Street Journal tells suggests that Facebook knows from its own research that Instagram promotes self-stigma for teenage girls. Slides from […]

Navigating Perceptions of Normal Bodies

August 11, 2021 — Normal and healthy are tricky words. They provide a reference point but at the same time they have the potential to alienate people. Pressure to conform pushes against a desire for acceptance. The culture imposes ideas about sizes and shapes of bodies that are normal or healthy. From this pressure, weight bias emerges. It is […]

COVID-19, Obesity, and Children: From Risk to Reality

February 6, 2021 — For some time now, speculation about the impact of COVID-19 on obesity risk in children has been plentiful. It makes sense. COVID has turned the lives of kids and their parents upside down. On top of that, models suggest childhood obesity rates could go up markedly. However, these were projections and speculation. So we have […]

Bariatric Surgery in Younger Versus Older Adolescents

February 2, 2021 — Not long ago, bariatric surgery for adolescents with severe obesity was a rare consideration. Payers stubbornly resisted paying for it. Even for a 16-year old weighing more than 300 pounds, the very idea seemed “extreme” and off-putting. But now the American Academy of Pediatrics offers clear guidance. Surgery can be safe and effective for a […]

The Dilemma of Eating Disorders and Obesity in Teens

January 18, 2021 — The intersection of obesity and eating disorders in teens requires urgent attention, write Hiba Jebeile and colleagues in a new paper. But attention is lacking. Policymakers talk much about childhood obesity. Beyond the talk though, health policies do little to offer help for the youth and families affected. Likewise, screening and care for youth with […]

Bariatric Surgery for Youth: Progress and Fear

October 28, 2019 — The American Academy of Pediatrics is out with new guidance that says something a very few teens and their families already know. Surgery can be a safe and effective option for a young person with severe obesity. But health systems, ignorance, and bias make it hard for youth with obesity to get the care they […]