A paediatrician has said that obese children with type-2 diabetes should undergo obesity surgery
to help control their illness.
Julian Shield, a professor at Bristol University and Bristol Royal Hospital, believes that children as young as 15 should be eligible for gastric band surgery as the number of obese children with type-2 diabetes is increasing by around 100 cases each year.
The condition usually only occurs in people over the age of 40 but the increasing occurrence in children is linked to rising levels of obesity.
Professor Shield revealed: "The children we see with type-2 diabetes who really struggle to lose weight with other methods have all the health issues that adult diabetics have.
"They are suffering high blood sugars, they are hypertensive and they have high blood fats. Their health is seriously at risk."
The expert called for a formal scientific trial of obesity surgery in young people.
Gastric band surgery takes around 45 minutes and usually requires an overnight stay in hospital.
The procedure is fully reversible and has a mortality rate of just 0.1 per cent.