12-Year-Old Has Lap Band Surgery
For reference, Brooke stands 5'5". In the ABC article from November it lists her weight at age 11 as a "shocking" 220 pounds. The only health problem noted in the ABC piece was high blood pressure. And what do you know, she gained back about 35 pounds after the liposuction and brought her back to 193 pounds (BMI 31, for those keeping score). Her mother claims that Brooke is a "compulsive eater". So the solution? Why, a lap band of course!
Doctors here in the US weren't interested in the procedure because they tend to require a BMI of 35 to perform the surgery so Brooke's mother took her to Mexico to have the surgery done. On the CNN video, the mother cites psychological testing - a requirement for having the surgery - as part of the "red tape" she wanted to avoid by going south of the border. "I'm sure all those things are very important", she says, "...[but] it's just... money." Nice! Way to fuck up your daughter's mental health to save a few hundred bucks!
Your "Amazing What Diplomas They Put In Cracker Jack Boxes These Days" quote:
â€œI don't think that a Lap-Band is a bad idea to put in a adolescent, and there's more and more studies showing that it is a good thing -- theyâ€™re successful in their weight loss,â€ said Nancy Marquez, a bariatric surgeon in Austin.
So how does this child feel about it? Well, what do you expect?
â€œYou think, 'Why would you be getting the surgery? That's crazy!' I've had so many people tell me this, but my desire to want to fix this problem. I mean, I can't even explain. I would do anything for it,â€ said Brooke.
Something is truly, truly fucked up when kids who apparently have untreated eating disorders are having the surgery done. Brooke's quote, "I would do anything for it", says it all.