Body mass index (BMI) is a screening tool used to measure body fat based on height and weight. It applies to both men and women over the age of 20. The measurement is used as a tool for doctors and insurance companies to categorize adults as underweight, normal weight, overweight, obese, and morbidly obese. These categories can place individuals at higher risk of developing serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, stroke, mobility issues, sleep apnea, and at least 10 different types of cancer. Weight loss can help improve your health and lower the risk of many life threatening health conditions.
Depending on your individual weight and height, as well as other complicating conditions or comorbidities, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery. Calculate your Body Mass Index to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery.
18.5-24.9 Normal weight
35.0-39.9 Severely obese
>40 Morbid obesity
If your BMI is above 35 you may qualify for bariatric surgery. Call Dr. Shillingford’s office today at (561) 483-8840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you qualify for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or gastric band surgery based on your BMI, health status, and insurance requirements.