I don’t know if you saw this story, but in Saudi Arabia, a 2-year-old little boy has undergone weight loss surgery. Two years old. Barely out of babyhood.
I did not have surgery myself and do not judge people who have it because I know that having surgery is not the “easy way out” but also requires good choices, a change in lifestyle, and relearning old habits to work properly. After all, if it was easy, no one who had surgery would ever have complications or regain their weight.
The little boy was 79 pounds when he was 2 years old and after a couple unsuccessful dieting attempts the doctors decided, with the parent’s permission, to perform the surgery. I don’t know all the details of his case and I’m sure the decision was not made without a lot of thought. I do wonder if there was an underlying medical problem the doctors were unable to diagnose.
As a mom, my heart goes out to this little boy and his family. I cannot imagine how difficult it was to send their son into the operating room where most of his stomach was going to be removed in an attempt to help him lose weight. That decision will have permanent effects on his ability to eat but at the same time may also have saved his life.
This is a short post today because I am interested in what you all think.
What do you think about a 2-year-old having weight loss surgery? Is there an age where it becomes okay for a child to undergo the surgery? Diane