Weight Loss Surgery Is Popular Among Teens

September 20, 2010 Updated Sep 20, 2010 at 5:53 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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September 20, 2010 Updated Sep 20, 2010 at 5:53 PM EDT

(WKBW/ABC) It's the new teen trend-bariatric surgery to lose weight. The government hasn't approved stomach bypass for young people, but they can get gastric banding where a band is placed around the upper stomach.

A new study found that 590 obese California teenagers, ages 13 to 20, underwent stomach banding surgery between 2005 and 2007.

Although researchers found low rates of problems and complications in the surgery, they say more research needs to be done to ensure its safe for young people.

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