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What is my BMI and what does it mean?

BMI is a scientific calculation based on your height and your weight. The number calculated is used as a predictor of future health risks based on national statistics.

Patients will qualify for weight loss surgery if they have a BMI at or greater than 40, If you have medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, or others, you may qualify with a BMI as low as 35.
 

BMI 18.5 – 24.9

BMI 25-29.9

BMI 30 – 34.9

BMI 35- 39.9

BMI 40 and above







 

BMI 18.5 – 24.9

Healthy Weight – Congratulations!

A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is within the normal range. Maintaining a healthy weight through healthy food choices and regular exercise are key to maintaining a healthy weight, especially as you become older.

 

BMI 25-29.9

A BMI between 25 and 29.9 indicates you are in the overweight category. Being overweight is associated with a higher risk of disease, particularly if your body fat is concentrated around the abdomen.

Lifestyle choices that can lead to weight loss include:

a focus on healthy food choices, including lean proteins, fresh fruit and vegetables, avoiding simple sugars and consuming only low calorie or non-caloric beverages

incorporating more activity into your daily routine (parking further away from the entrance, taking the stairs)

developing an exercise routine whether dedicating a full uninterupted 45 to 60 minutes to exercise or working out several times a day in 5 to 10 minute intervals

breaking your learned habits of eating (cleaning your plate, afternoon coffee break, rewarding yourself with food, eating to quickly)

developing new habits of eating (eat when you are truly physically hungry, not in response to emotions, buying only healthy options, avoiding trigger foods)

 

BMI 30 – 34.9

A BMI between 30 and 34.9 indicates you are in the obese category. Being obese is associated with a higher risk of disease, particularly if your body fat is concentrated around the abdomen.

In addition to the suggested lifestyle choices listed below, weight loss medications may be indicated for those in the obese category.

Lifestyle choices that can lead to weight loss include:

A focus on healthy food choices, including lean proteins, fresh fruit and vegetables, avoiding simple sugars and consuming only low calorie or non-caloric beverages.

Incorporating more activity into your daily routine (parking further away from the entrance, taking the stairs)
developing an exercise routine whether dedicating a full uninterupted 45 to 60 minutes to exercise or working out several times a day in 5 to 10 minute intervals.

Breaking your learned habits of eating (cleaning your plate, afternoon coffee break, rewarding yourself with food, eating to quickly).

Developing new habits of eating (eat when you are truly physically hungry, not in response to emotions, buying only healthy options, avoiding trigger foods).

 

BMI 35- 39.9

A BMI between 35 and 39.9 indicates you are in the severely obese category.

Research supports the benefits of weight loss surgery for those with a BMI between 35 and 39.9 with obesity related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and other obesity related conditions.

At present, many insurance companies do cover weight loss surgery for those within this range of BMI if coverage was purchased by their employer.

Register for one of our free informational seminars to learn more about surgical treatment options.

 

BMI 40 and above

A BMI greater than 40 indicates morbid obesity. This level of obesity puts you at greatest risk for development of obesity related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and other obesity related conditions as well as putting you at increased risk for premature death.

At present, many insurance companies do cover weight loss surgery for those within this range of BMI if coverage was purchased by their employer.

Register for one of our free informational seminars to learn more about surgical treatment options.