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:
- Being 100 pounds or more above your ideal body weight
- Or, having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater
- Or, having a BMI of 35 or greater and one or more co-morbid condition
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.
The Practical Guide Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
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