Leading obesity experts have slammed the use of weight-loss surgery on a two-year-old boy, after he became the youngest to ever undergo this kind of procedure.
The overweight, unnamed toddler from Saudi Arabia was given a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy operation, which reduces the stomach to around 25 per cent of its original size, after his weight ballooned from 3st, 3lbs to 5st.
It was hoped the procedure, which is irreversible, would help him lose weight and prevent him from suffering health issues like sleep apnoea.
But obesity specialist Professor Paul Zimmett said carrying out the surgery on someone so young was ‘shocking’.
‘It is going into unknown territory. We have no idea what effect this may have on the child’s growth,’ said the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute employee.
‘Unless he has proper follow up he may suffer vitamin deficiencies.’
Medics had previously ordered the boy’s family to put him on a diet – but he had continued to gain weight despite this.
source: metro UK