There are many different factors that affect your ability to qualify for bariatric surgery. One of the most important factors is your body mass index (BMI). BMI is used as a measurement of body fat based on height and weight. The formula for determining your BMI is weight (in pounds) divided by height (in inches squared).
Body mass index (BMI) calculation
Body mass index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI is used as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems for adults. However, BMI is not a diagnostic tool: to determine if excess weight is a health risk, a healthcare provider would need to perform further assessments.
BMI measurements are organized into four categories:
- Healthy Weight: BMI between 19 and 25
- Overweight: BMI between 25 and 30
- Obese: BMI over 30
- Severely (Morbidly) Obese: BMI of 40 or more