Weight Loss Surgery: Are You a Candidate?

Weight loss surgery may be the best treatment option for obesity if conventional methods of weight loss, such as diet and exercise, have failed. It may also be best if an individual has an obesity related disease. In general however, it is encouraged that the first step to weight loss include changes in diet, increased physical activity and behavioral modifications.

Other factors to consider when determining if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery:

  • Is your BMI over 35 or 40?
  • Do you have one or more obesity related health conditions?
  • Have you tried for several years to lose weight through diet and exercise but cannot maintain the weight loss?
  • Have you tried behavior modification in addition to diet and exercise
  • Do you understand the weight loss surgery procedures as well as the health benefits and rest?
  • Are you committed and motivated to making a lifelong lifestyle change?

Calculating BMI

Body mass index is the most common tool used to determine an estimate for obesity, and being overweight and adults and children. In adults, height and weight are used to compute a person’s BMI. And children, height and weight are also used to determine classification of weight, but instead they are compared to other children of the same sex and age.

Obesity is diagnosed when your BMI is 30 or greater it is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared search online or go to CDC.gov to determine your BMI using a BMI calculator which will prompt you to enter your height and weight.

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