Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
Do you weigh more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight?
Do you have a history of documented weight loss attempts?
Can you commit to frequent doctor visits, support groups and behavior modification?
Do you accept the risks associated with surgery and dramatic loss of weight?
What is the Body Mass Index (BMI)?
The body mass index (BMI) is a formula used to assess a person’s body weight relative to his/her height. It’s a useful, indirect measure of body composition because it correlates highly with body fat in most people.
A person with a BMI value of 30.0 or greater is considered obese (based on criteria from the National Institutes of Health).
Some of the afflictions that obese people are at a higher risk of developing are:
- Cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease
- Type II diabetes
- Gall-bladder disease
- Obstructive sleep apnea
What is overweight?
Overweight is defined as a body mass index of 25.0 to 29.9. People with BMIs in this range have a moderate risk of developing the above listed conditions. If your BMI is in this range it is important that you do not gain any more weight, and a small weight loss would be desirable.
BMI values from 18.5 to 24.9 are desirable and values less than 18.5 are considered underweight.