“It’s funny to run into people I haven’t seen for a while, and they don’t recognize me! And it’s pretty amazing that I no longer require treatment for diabetes, high cholesterol, or sleep apnea.” – Valerie
If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) ≥ 40, or are more than 100 pounds overweight, you could be a candidate for bariatric surgery. If you have a BMI ≥35 but<40 and at least two obesity-related co-morbidities — such as type II diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, severe osteoarthritis, cholesterol and lipid abnormalities, or heart disease – you may also qualify for weight loss surgery.
Other Standards for Qualification Include:
- An inability to achieve a healthy weight loss sustained for a period of time with prior systematic, supervised weight loss efforts documented with monthly visit within past 2 years
- A stable psychological and emotional profile
- An understanding that bariatric surgery is a tool and willingness to make difficult lifestyle changes and adhere to dietary restrictions and guidelines
- Lack of medical contraindication to surgery
How Do I Calculate My BMI (Body Mass Index)?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a medical indicator based upon the height and weight of adults, 20 years and older. To compute your BMI, enter your height and weight then click the “Find your BMI” button.
|18.5 – 24.9||Normal Weight||Minimal|
|25 – 29.9||Overweight||Increased|
|30 – 34.9||Obese||High|
|35 – 39.9||Severly Obese||Very High|
|40 and Over||Morbidly Obese||Extremely High|
|50 and Over||Mega Obese||Extremely High|
|60 and Over||Mega-Mega Obese||Extremely High|