What Can be Done about Obesity?

by skami2 on March 14, 2014 - 8:12pm

Obesity in adolescents is a health issue that is often overlooked.  This particular project, “Youths with Extreme Obesity Study (YES),” which is addressed in the article, has a goal in mind that will give adolescents with extreme obesity the support and medical care that they need.  This projects main participants are from Germany.  To go about this goal, they have many different subprojects that address the different aspects of the diagnosis and ways to go about the treatment of the children.  It is much harder to treat children with obesity than adults because surgery is not always an option.  However, some adolescents are undergoing these experimental procedures.  This group also is trying to find out what is stopping some adolescents from getting the help that they need to become healthy and live a better life.  Those who participate in this project, will be a part of it up to nine years to observe the changes.  There are many health risks involved for those who are obese including premature death and cardiac complications (Wabitsch et al 2013).

            The purpose of this article is to compare the different groups who are in this long-term observational study.  One of these groups focuses on the social aspect of being obese while the other focuses on weight loss.  Some adolescents in Germany are not always aware of the health risks that are involved in being obese as well as do not know the options that they have.  This projects goal is to inform children of the risks of obesity and hopefully be able to prevent some cases.  However, this may not necessarily be that affective.  These projects also look at how home life and the quality of life affects those adolescents with obesity.  The main point of this article is to draw attention to the affects that obesity can have on the quality of life and how hard it is to change one’s life once they get to that point.  Although the most effective way for weight loss in adults is surgery, in adolescents this is considered to be an experimental surgery; more teenagers are beginning to turn to surgery to help with their weight loss.  The majority of the results of this study will have to be generalized because of the lack of surgeries in adolescents.  Although the conclusions on this study are limited, it still allows for the observation of the benefits and risks of surgery in adolescents and allows those involved to really see the danger in obesity. 


Wabitsch, M., Moss, A., Reinehr, T., Wiegand, S., Kiess, W., Scherag, A., & ... Hebebrand, J.

(2013). Medical and psychosocial implications of adolescent extreme obesity - acceptance and effects of structured care, short: Youth with Extreme Obesity Study (YES). BMC Public Health13(1), 1-10. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-789


I believe that you have well explained the situation of adult obesity compared to adolescent obesity. However, I believe that surgery is mostly a last resort solution since it's only a short term solution. People should start by changing their eating habits to have long term effects. Here is a website that could provide you with more information on weight loss surgery, it might help you to give more depth to your article since it explains why weight loss surgery should be only used as last resort.

I definitely agree with you on your points regarding the article. I feel that prevention is one of the most effective ways to stop childhood and adolescent obesity. Knowing the risk factors involved in being overweight can no doubt decrease the amount of heart disease and other complications that arise from being overweight. I think when dealing with adolescents surgery should not even be an option, at such a young age especially during our teens our metabolisms are functioning at a high speed, and if individuals were to exercise, learn and know about the benefits of eating right and exercising we can set a new trend of obesity declining in child and adolescents.

Your article summary is very strong and informative as it tackles not only a societal, but also a worldwide health concern. You have a nice writing style and you do a great summary of the main facts and findings of the article. Being from Montreal, I wanted to see what local institutions and organizations suggested to combat childhood obesity. Based on the Montreal Children’s Hospital (McGill University Health Centre), we should put an emphasis on physical activity by “building family activity into every day, planning active family outing”, setting guidelines to the use of electronic devices and giving birthday gifts that incite physical activity. We should encourage choosing healthy foods by using Canada’s Food Guide recommendations, “keeping healthy snacks in the house”, making sure they eat a good breakfast at the beginning of the day, involving children in grocery shopping and meal preparation, and teaching them about the nutritional value of “good” and “bad” foods. Finally, they suggest that we should foster children’s self-esteem, either by doing volunteer work, visiting “old folks homes”, helping strangers, friends or grandparents, or simply by encouraging them to pursue a special interest (art, music, or sports). I think these recommendations are a great form of prevention; they are insightful and should be considered. Hopefully, they help deepen your understanding on the issue by having an opinion from one of Montreal’s key health institutions. Here is the link for further information: http://www.thechildren.com/health-info/conditions-and-illnesses/preventi....

I find this blog post extremely interesting and informative. This is a close issue for my family and I because I have a younger cousin that suffers from extreme obesity. This topic affects many people world wide on a health and social scale. Not only does being obese affect someone's health, but how they fit into society socially. My cousin is only eight years old so people don't pick on her right now, but as she gets older within the next couple of years she will begin to experience bullying. I feel that this is a great post, but I would love to see you go further and explore obesity with autistic and special needs children and how it affects them. My younger obese cousin has autism and my family thinks that this affects her eating habits. I do feel like home life has a large impact on obesity. My aunt and uncle do not try to make my cousin eat healthy, but rather give her anything she wants, so she eats hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs and other junk food. I would also like to see you look into obesity in many countries so people can see the global scale of obesity, maybe provide some statistics. This was an informative and well written post overall.

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