Your Body Mass Index
Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a ratio of height and weight. It is used as a tool to categorize individuals weight into ranges of underweight, health weight, overweight, obese, or severely obese. You will sometime see terms like morbid obesity, extreme obesity, or different classes of obesity to describe the highest range.
A BMI of below 18.5 is underweight. 18.5-24.9 is a healthy weight. BMIs 25-29.9 are considered to be overweight. A BMI of 30 or greater falls into the obese category.
Calculate Your BMI
BMI does not tell us everything about an individual’s health. There are healthy people with high BMIs. However, research shows that greater BMIs carry greater health risks. These risks include stroke, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, diabetes, cancer, reflux disease, joint pain, and many more.
Most health insurance companies use BMI as a qualification for bariatric care coverage. Typically, if your insurance policy has bariatric coverage included, a BMI of 35+ with an associated major medical condition or a BMI of 40+ alone will qualify you for bariatric surgery. This does not mean a bariatric surgery will be approved, simply that you are eligible. If you do not have bariatric benefits in your insurance policy, or you wish to proceed without the constraints of your insurance requirements, we do offer self funded bariatric surgery.
If your BMI is below 30 a self funded surgery may be an option based on your individual situation and at the discretion of your surgeon. If you would like to seek a non-surgical obesity treatment, our practice offers options that may be a great fit for you.