Obesity: Children

Department of Health written question – answered on 22nd January 2015.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of children who would have been eligible under the adult criteria for bariatric surgery in each year since 2010.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

No estimate has been made centrally. The criteria for bariatric surgery for children are different to those applied to adults. Weight loss surgery should only be considered to treat obese children in exceptional circumstances and only if the child is physiologically mature.

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