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Some doctors believe adolescents could benefit
The Press-Enterprise

Mallory Olson knew she would not succeed with diets, exercise and weight-loss camps. She had tried them all beginning in her early teens.

“I would work off 20 pounds,” she recalled. “Then it would come back plus more.”

At 18, she realized that she had spent nearly a third of her life depressed, self-conscious and lacking self-confidence because of her weight. She was psychologically ready to confront her problem with surgery, she said.