Body Mass Index (BMI)
Obesity is most commonly measured by using Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is determined by a person’s weight and height. A person is considered obese when their BMI exceeds 30 and is considered morbidly obese when their BMI is 40 or above. Weight loss surgery can benefit obese patients and is one of the most effective ways to lose weight and keep it off.
Weight loss surgeons and physicians use your BMI as a criterion in determining if you qualify for weight loss surgery. With most insurance plans, you may qualify for weight loss surgery if your BMI is greater than 35 and you have at least one other obesity associated illness (co-morbidity), or your BMI is higher than 40, in which case you qualify even with no other health conditions.
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