My husband and I were morbidly obese for most of our lives. 2 years ago I underwent gastric bypass surgery and 2 months later my husband had the same procedure. He lost over 260 lbs and I lost 180 lbs. We were very large!
Our daughter is only 13 and has been obese the majority of her life. She loves food, just like me! I believe that if we had this surgery sooner we could have been active sooner and am thinking that this could be the case for her. She grew up with a dad in an electric wheel chair and a mom who could barely get around.
I spoke to our doctors about her having the sleeve procedure, but they shut me down as soon as they found out her age.
She is a cheerleader (the one that holds everyone else up). She participates in track 100m in 33 seconds (she is slow) and she weighs 264 lbs at 5’5″. I love her and want her to enjoy life, I just wish that there was a procedure to help with weight and cravings.
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How old do you have to get a gastric balloon as I am 16 with a BMI of 30 and I don't feel comfortable going out of my house!