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15 year old has gastric band surgery

An American teenager weighing almost 20 stones, has undergone gastric band surgery in the USA.

At 15, the teenager had already attempted various failed diets, exercise programs and summer "fat" camp unsuccessfully. As a last resort the family turned to obesity surgery.

The teenagers mother called hospitals around the country to find a surgeon who would reduce the boys stomach from the size of a large grapefruit to the size of an egg, but she was told that he was too young and should come back when he turned 18.

Having found a surgeon to agree to treat her son, he became the doctors youngest patient. Since then the surgeon has operated on four other children under 18 and more operations are planned.

Many obese teenagers are undergoing obesity surgery now. The procedures, designed for those who are 100 pounds or more overweight, have increased dramatically among adults in recent years.

Adjusting to his dramatic weight loss has not been easy but his weight loss surgery has helped him lose over 5 stones already.

The best thing has been the reactions of other people. "I haven't had one person stare at me since I got the surgery," he said. "And in PE, it's the first time in my life I don't come in last."

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