Obesity surgery triples among U.S. teens

Tue, 06 Mar 2007 03:28 AM EST

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Eric Decker, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina, holds family photos of himself, Friday, March 2, 2007, in Columbia, S.C., taken during the time of his gastric bypass surgery in 2003 at the age of 17. Decker stays in shape through diet and exercise. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)The number of U.S. children having obesity surgery has tripled in recent years, surging at a pace that could mean more than 1,000 such operations this year, new research suggests.


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