Am I a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
Am I Obese?
Obesity results from the excessive accumulation of fat that exceeds the body's skeletal and physical standards. Severe obesity, sometimes known as "morbid obesity", is defined according to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company height and weight tables as being 100 pounds or 100 percent above ideal body weight . According to the National Institutes of Health, an increase in 20 percent or more above your ideal body weight is the point at which excess weight becomes a health risk.
Today 97 million Americans, more than one-third of the adult population, are overweight or obese. An estimated five to ten million of those are considered morbidly obese. According to the New National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute obesity guidelines, Body Mass Index (BMI) is currently the best assessment of a person’s obesity since it is simple to use, accurate in determining the degree of obesity, takes both height and weight into consideration and applies to both men and women.
BMI is used extensively in managing surgical weight reduction.
What does it mean?
You are a candidate for surgery if you:
Other possible indications for patients with BMI's between 35 and 40 include:
Last modification date:
Mon Nov 24 12:51:17 2008