Obesity is a serious disease with symptoms that build slowly over an extended period of time. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) define morbid obesity as:

According to the guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health, bariatric surgery may be right for you if:

  • You have a BMI greater than 40 or a BMI greater than 35 with comorbidities (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.). For someone 5 feet, 4 inches, that means a weight of at least 235 pounds. For someone 5 feet, 9 inches—at least 270 pounds.
  • You are 18 years of age or older.
  • You have an obesity-related condition (known as a comorbid condition), such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • You’ve been unable to lose weight and keep it off through traditional methods like diet and exercise.
  • You’re ready to commit to a healthy, active lifestyle.
  • You don’t have medical conditions that could cause serious complications during or after surgery.
  • You understand the benefits as well as the bariatric surgery risks and complications so you have a full understanding of what to expect.

More Information

The Practical Guide Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
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