Body Mass Index (BMI) is a way to characterize your heighta and weight stand with regard to normal values, and can be used to determine whether you are underweight, at a healthy weight, overweight, or obese.
A BMI at or above 25 is a risk factor for obesity related conditions:
–diabetes, type II
–dyslipidemia (abnormal fats in bloodstream, leading to clogged arteries)
–sleep apnea (trouble breathing while sleeping)
–some types of cancer
and increased risks for any potential surgical intervention:
–difficulties with anesthesia/intubation (putting in the breathing tube)/ventilation (mechanical breathing)
–increased risk of pressure sores and muscle damage
–higher risk of infections, wound problems, hardware (if implanted) failure, and other complications
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
A BMI below 18 increases your risk for osteoporosis.
The BMI can be calculated via this link.
On certain occasions, when all non-surgical methods of weight loss have been tried without success, surgical consultations are needed, such as lap band surgery.