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To qualify for surgery, your BMI must be at least 40.0.  You may also qualify if your BMI is greater than 35.0 AND you have at least one medical condition related to your weight, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure.  Be aware that some insurance companies have different requirements.

Interpreting your BMI score:

Underweight:                   Below 18.5

Normal:                             18.5 to 24.9

Overweight:                     30.0 to 34.9

Obesity:                             35.0 to 39.9

Morbid Obesity:              40.0 to 49.9

Super Morbid Obesity:  50.0 and above

BMI is a common measure of overweight and obesity used by health professionals. It is calculated from your height and weight. BMI is an estimate of body fat and a good gauge of your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers.

 Although BMI can be used for most men and women, it does have some limits:

  • It may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build.

  • It may underestimate body fat in older persons and others who have lost muscle.

Calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index)

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