Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women. Generally speaking, weight loss surgery is indicated for individuals who are at least 100 pounds or more overweight or who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater. You may still be a candidate for surgery if you have a BMI of 35-39 and suffer from serious co-morbid health conditions which would improve with weight loss. To determine your BMI, use the calculator below.
- BMI below 18.5 is considered underweight
- BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy
- BMI between 25.0 and 29.9 is considered overweight
- BMI between 30.0 and 34.9 is considered obese
- BMI between 35.0 and 39.9 is considered severely obese
- BMI of 40+ is considered morbidly obese
Note: BMI cannot distinguish between excess fat and muscle. The BMI of an extremely muscular person may be classified as obese, when clearly, he or she is not.
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