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Bariatric surgery may help teens, but insurers often exclude them
Washington Post

As obesity among young people continues to rise, a growing number of clinicians and researchers say that weight-loss surgery may be their best chance to take off significant weight and either correct or avoid such conditions as diabetes and heart disease, which often go hand-in-hand with obesity. But although health plans frequently cover bariatric surgery in adults, coverage for the procedure in patients younger than age 18 is spotty.