Nutritional deficiencies risk in obese teens

Severely obese teenagers are likely to suffer nutritional deficiencies regardless of whether they have had weight loss surgery, researchers have found.

Researchers studied 79 obese teens who either received bariatric surgery or were evaluated for surgery without receiving it, and found low iron and vitamin D levels in both groups who participated.

The findings, presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, contradict the theory that weight-loss surgery causes poor levels of nutrient absorption.

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