There are different ways to measure obesity, but the most common one is called Body Mass Index (BMI). It is a ratio that relates your heigh and weight. BMI is not an ideal measure of obesity or health, but it is the measure that is currently used to help determine someone’s eligibility for bariatric surgery. You can calculate your BMI using the calculator below.
In addition to BMI, we always look at whether a patient has comorbidities with their obesity. Comorbidities are health conditions related to excess weight. Common ones are type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and depression. When we treat obesity, we are not just treating excess weight. We are treating a variety of serious diseases that are linked to obesity, and giving that person a better chance for a longer, more energetic and healthy life.
In general, a patient may qualify for bariatric surgery with a BMI of 40 or over.
They may also qualify with a BMI of 35 – 40, if they have one or two comorbidities.