Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index to Qualify for Bariatric Surgery

Obesity is most commonly measured by using Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is determined by a person’s weight and height.

A person is considered obese when their BMI exceeds 30 and considered morbidly obese when their BMI is equal to or greater than 40. Weight loss surgery can benefit obese patients and is one of the most effective ways to lose weight.

Bariatric surgeons and physicians use your BMI as a criterion in determining if you qualify for weight loss surgery. With most insurance plans, you may qualify for weight loss surgery if your BMI is greater than 35 and you have at least one other obesity associated illness (co-morbidity), or your BMI is higher than 40, in which case, you qualify even with no other health conditions.

The BMI calculator below can help you estimate your BMI. For an assessment of your BMI and health risk factors, call 706-880-7320 to schedule an appointment.

Calculate Your BMI

Knowing your Body Mass Index will help determine if
you are a candidate for surgery:

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