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Surgery figures expand for obese young Swedes

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Surgery figures expand for obese young Swedes
09:29 CET+01:00
More young Swedes are going under the knife to lose weight, with 450 obese patients under the age of 25 opting for surgery in 2011, a choice proving more and more popular in Sweden.

The number of Swedes aged between 15 and 25 who have had weight-loss surgery has risen every year since 2001.

"I was really unhappy," said 21-year-old gastric bypass patient Kristine Nyström to Sveriges Radio (SR).

"I had no self confidence because I was overweight."

Nyström, who claimed to have tried dieting and exercise to no avail, was approved by her local county council for a gastric bypass last year and shed 35 kilogrammes. She now weighs in at 89 kilogrammes.

"I've had to buy a whole new wardrobe, it's so much fun," she beamed, adding that she felt more energetic and social.

The trend continued to expand in 2012, according to SR, although official figures were unavailable.

In 2010, over 8,000 people in Sweden underwent weight-loss surgery, with 75 percent of the patients female.

A Swedish study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that gastric bypasses cut the risk of death in obese patients.

The study revealed that obese people who undergo gastric bypass surgery are less likely to die from heart attacks and strokes than those receiving more conventional treatment.

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