Should teenagers get weight loss surgery? Miranda Taylor did, and she said it changed her life.
Taylor, who weighed about 255 pounds, took part in a study for a surgery for obese teenagers. Most of the teens participating underwent gastric bypass surgery.
Of her weight pre-surgery she said, “It was hard on me. It was hard on my family. I was very angry and moody. Very, very depressed at a very young age.”
After the surgery, her life changed.
“I saw a different part of life. It was full of wonder and curiosities, and it’s beautiful and bright, and I won’t take every day for granted,” Taylor said.
While a few patients saw some drawbacks, like vitamin deficiencies, the study was overall a big success.
Over three years, participants lost an average of more than 90 pounds.
Story by Ian Phillips and editing by Stephen Parkhurst
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