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Share Your Thoughts On This Week's Story: Too Young For Lipo?

11/03/2006 at 12:55 PM ET

This week’s issue of PEOPLE magazine features a story about 12-year old Brooke Bates, who made a shocking decision to undergo liposuction surgery after struggling with being overweight her whole life. Brooke’s choice — and the circumstances that led her parents and their doctor to support her in this decision — is a moving one that is sure to stir some debate. At 220 lbs before the operation, she is now a happier and healthier young lady. Her blood pressure is down, and she is sticking to a strict diet and regular exercise routine. Current weight: 155 lbs. Click here to read Brooke’s story in full, and then come back here to share your thoughts.

Is 12-years old too young for cosmetic surgery of this kind? Or is it a way to give a chronically overweight girl a new lease on life? Feel free to share your own thoughts and feelings about struggling with weight-loss. We’d love to hear from you.

Please click here to read PEOPLE’s feature, Too Young For Lipo, before commenting.

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Melissa on

I think that what Brooke and her parents did was wonderful. As an adult who has struggled with weight issues my whole life, any help to get the weight off is a blessing. Kudos to the doctor who treated her and to the family for taking a proactive step toward their daughter’s future!

Kathy Kramer on

She is entirely too young to have resorted to this procedure – I’m shocked that any physician would consent to this but anything for the almighty dollar. Another of the entitled generation whose parents will fix ANYTHING for them!

Terry on

Having struggled with weight all my life–I applaude her parents for helping her save her childhood. If you have never been in her position you can never understand how it feels. They very well may have saved her life. Kids can be mean and I had suicidial thoughts more than once.

Brook, you have been given a gift. Take care of yourself and your body–it’s the only one you have!

Megan on

If she’s sticking to a strict diet and exercise now, why couldn’t she do it before turning to surgery? I hope this isn’t something that comes back to bite her when she’s older since lipo makes the fat unable to grow where she was suctioned but it goes someplace else.

Amy on

This 12 year old needs to see a nutritionist, develop a training regimen and learn discipline. Lipo is a temporary solution, since “regardless of any success she had, the pounds always came back” and they will again. I am interested in seeing a follow-up a year from now. My bet is she’ll look the same as before lipo but with pronounced dimpling all over her body.

LaShel on

I think it is wonderful. People who have never had a weight problem have no idea the torture you go through. People staring and taunting you and kids are the worst. It was torture when I was Brooke’s age. People treat you like you have a disease. I am 40 years old and still have problems with my weight. I spent 10 year in the military every time I had a weigh in I was laxing or puking. I was in great shape but still over weight by five lbs. Best of luck to Brooke and her family especially her dad.

pepperjack on

this is sad. i’m glad she’s healthy & happy. “being overwight her whole life” SHE’S 12! what are the chances she continues the same habits & finds herself in the same situation years down the road when she’s done devloping. as a society, we are quick to fix, without acknowledging the problem. lipo for 12 year olds~we should shake our heads in shame.

LaShel on

I think it is wonderful. People who have never had a weight problem have no idea the torture you go through. People staring and taunting you and kids are the worst. It was torture when I was Brooke’s age. People treat you like you have a disease. I am 40 years old and still have problems with my weight. I spent 10 year in the military every time I had a weigh in I was laxing or puking. I was in great shape but still over weight by five lbs. Best of luck to Brooke and her family especially her dad.

Emily on

Unbelievable to think that this is acceptable. Why is this even a question??? ‘Any help to get it off’ – please! There is not an easy fix to weight loss. You want it gone you have to work it off. A 12 year old has no business having lipo. Her parents should have been proactive in helping the child have a healthy lifestyle from the beginning. At this age, especially, her body will change dramatically. She is at the start of transforming. Wake up folks. The only thing the parents did was teach this child she doesn’t have to work for what she not only wants, but needs.

Terri on

I don’t know that I would have done the same for my daughter, but everyone has to make the choice best for their family. I was a fat child who turned into a fat adult and it is no fun! As for the person who said why couldn’t she stick to a good diet and exercise before the lipo, maybe she needed the kick start. I’m happy for her.

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