There are an estimated 500 million adults who are obese. The disease of obesity is a worldwide epidemic. It is not a cosmetic issue, but instead has serious health consequences and patients with obesity must be given effective treatment options. Obesity is dangerous because studies have shown excess weight is linked with more than 10 types of cancer, diabetes, reflux disease, poor sleep quality, sexual disfunction, lower quality of life, and earlier death.

Understanding Obesity

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.

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BMI Results

  • Lower than 18.5: Underweight
  • 18.5 – 24.9: Normal weight
  • 25 – 29.9: Overweight
  • 30 – 34.9: Obese
  • 35 – 39.9: Obese and may qualify for bariatric surgery with one or two co-morbid conditions (including sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol)
  • Over 40: Obese and may qualify for bariatric surgery even without any co-morbid conditions

Obesity is very difficult to treat because of the biological, environmental, social, and metabolic complexities involved.
Bariatric surgery is the only treatment that has been highly effective in treating obesity and the comorbidities that go along with the excess weight.

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