Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?
Learn your body mass index
Eligibility for bariatric surgery is determined in part by what's known as your body mass index, a numerical value of your weight in relation to your height. A BMI range of 18-24.9 is considered optimal. Morbid obesity is defined as a BMI score of 40 or more.
You typically qualify for bariatric surgery if you have a BMI of 35 or greater, with specific significant health problems like Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure.
To calculate your BMI, use this helpful tool:
Understand your BMI results
Use the chart below to see what category your BMI falls into, and whether you need to be concerned about your weight.
|18.5 - 24.9||Healthy|
|25.0 - 29.9||Overweight|
|30.0 - 39.9||Obese|
|Over 40||Morbidly obese|