WHAT IS BMI
Body Mass Index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women is used to determine the eligibility of a patient desiring to have bariatric surgery. Obesity is most often measured by using this mathematical formula and the score is related to the risk of disease or dying. BMI can be determined by dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared and then multiplying by 705. For example, a woman who is 5'6" and weighs 190 would have a BMI of 31. (Please use our BMI calculator on this page to help you easily calculate your BMI).
HOW DOES BMI DETERMINE SURGERY ELIGIBILITY
The National Institute of Health has established guidelines that are followed to determine the patient’s candidacy for surgery. Any patient with a BMI of 35 to 39.5 who suffers with 1 or more major co-morbidities or a patient with a BMI of 40 or above, with or without any co-morbidities can be considered for bariatric surgery.
The BMI score can be translated as follows: