Bariatrics: Getting Started

What is Severe and Morbid Obesity? 

Severe and morbid obesity is a chronic, metabolic disease. Those who have morbid obesity are 100 pounds or more over their ideal weight, putting them at high risk for stroke, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions. Obesity is caused by a number of factors, but is most closely linked to genetics. Rarely can individuals lose weight without long-term medical treatments and keep it off without surgery. Severe and morbid obesity can be determined by Body Mass Index or BMI.

Body Mass Index Calculation 

Body Mass Index (BMI), is a calculation used to determine if an individual is a candidate for bariatric surgery. If you have a BMI of 35 or more and are experiencing obesity-related health conditions, like high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes you may be eligible for surgery.

Calculate your BMI now

Category BMI Health Risks Options
Underweight Less than 19 Moderate Consult your Physician
Normal 19-25 Very Low Risk Nutrition and Exercise
Overweight 25-30 Low Risk Nutrition and Exercise
Obesity I 30-35 Moderate Risk Nutrition and Exercise
Obesity II (Severe) 35-40 High Risk Possible Medically Supervised Weight Loss Surgical Candidate
Overweight II (Morbid) 40+ Very High Risk Possible Medically Supervised Weight Loss Surgical Candidate
 


LAP-BAND® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.

 
 

 

© Fort HealthCare 2014. Privacy Policy: English | Spanish | Vendor Program | Social Media Guidelines
611 Sherman Avenue East, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 | (920) 568-5000