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 Health, 13(1), 1-10. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-789