Dr Andrew Rochford gives his opinion below
"Gastric band surgery (also known as lap banding) is invasive surgery that should always be a last resort for the morbidly obese population.
With regards to surgery in children it is very difficult to truly assess the long term risks given that there is no long term study into the impacts on the growth and development of young children.
Calorie controlled dieting and an appropriate exercise program are invaluable alternatives. Not only will they help with weight loss, they encourage the individual to learn the principles of weight management and a healthy lifestyle."
We suggest you always consult your personal General Practitioner when considering any medical advice.