More teenagers are opting for weight loss surgery

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MOUND CITY, Kan. -- Being a teen is hard enough. Being an obese one is even harder. A growing number of teens are cutting their weight by going under the knife.

Kayleena Boyd's clarinet blends with the band at Jayhawk Linn High School. Blending in another way used to be impossible.

"I never had friends," said Boyd.

That was when she was morbidly obese. By age 15, she weighed 288 pounds.

"I could eat non-stop all day and never be full," said Boyd.

It runs in the family. Kayleena's mom, Lorie, used to be morbidly obese. Then she had weight loss surgery, a procedure called sleeve gastrectomy, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. About 80 percent of the stomach was removed.

"But most important, it removes the part of the stomach that produces the hormones that drive the excess hunger," said Dr. Stanley Hoehn, a bariatric surgeon at Shawnee Mission.

The family decided Kayleena Boyd should have the surgery, too. Watch to see the results in the video and hear what a behavioral weight control expert says about teens having weight loss surgery.



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