Morbidly Obese BMI: Two-Year-Old Is Youngest To Have Weight Loss Surgery [VIDEO]

By Danny Choy on September 20, 2013 9:49 PM EDT

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Morbidly obese BMI two-year-old is youngest to receive bariatric weight loss surgery (Photo: Creative Commons)

A two-year-old baby that is morbidly obese with severe BMI prompted doctors to him with bariatric surgery. The case, which was performed in 2010, was published in the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports recently. The morbidly obese BMI two-year-old from Saudi Arabia weighed 73 pounds and measured a BMI of 41.

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According to reports, the morbidly obese BMI baby was first brought to an endocrinologist at 14-months-old. At the time, the 2-year-old weighted 47 pounds and was ordered to follow a strict diet for four months. When the child came back to the clinic for a follow-up, the doctor's were shocked to learn the toddler's weight increased another 18 pounds.

The doctors and the child's parents have tried to put the baby on a diet twice. Unfortunately, the diets failed to put the baby's weight down. Because a two-year-old does not have the capacity to communicate with the doctor, the doctor proceeded with the toddler's treatment by going along the reports of the parents.

The morbid obese BMI baby also suffered from sleep apnea, which can cause him to stop breathing, making the condition a matter of life and death. What's more, the weight also caused the toddler's legs to bow under his own weight.

Doctors determined the morbidly obese BMI toddler must undergo bariatric surgery in order to survive. Thankfully, the procedure was a success and the boy lost 15 percent of his body weight within two months of surgery. By 2012, two years after the surgery was performed, the morbidly obese BMI baby's weight had fallen from 73 pounds to 53 pounds. The baby's BMI was at 24, within the normal range.

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