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.
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|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|
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