When is weight-loss surgery the answer for adolescent obesity?

Weight-loss surgery is the answer when a patient has a BMI (body mass index) between 35 and 40, or about 75 pounds overweight and has an obesity-related disease, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea; or when a patient has a BMI greater than 40, or is at least 100 pounds overweight, with or without medical problems.

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