Answering this question may give you the courage you need to take the first step. Below are tools you can use to determine if you are morbidly obese and potentially a candidate for weight loss surgery.
There are several medically accepted criteria for defining morbid obesity. You are likely morbidly obese if you are:
Please take a moment to calculate your BMI.
BMI (body mass index) is a formula that uses both weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. Excess body fat is related to serious health conditions. Its biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:
Talk with your doctor if you have questions about your BMI.
Being underweight may weaken your immune system and put you at greater risk of osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor to determine what — if anything — you can do to achieve a healthy weight, or to address unexpected weight loss. To support good health:
Your healthy weight is well worth the effort. It reduces your risk of serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. To maintain a healthy weight:
Consider the benefits of achieving a healthy weight a reduced risk of serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, increased energy and improved self-esteem, for example. Then talk to your doctor about the best weight-loss approach for you. To get started:
Consider the benefits of achieving a healthy weight — a reduced risk of serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, increased energy and improved self-esteem, for example. Then talk to your doctor about the best weight-loss approach for you. To get started:
Note: BMI calculations are based on NHLBI table data. Information that you enter won't be saved or shared with anyone.
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