What is Morbid Obesity?
Morbid obesity is a serious health condition that can interfere with basic physical functions such as breathing or walking. Those who are morbidly obese are at greater risk for illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gallstones, osteoarthritis, heart disease, and cancer.
Morbid obesity is diagnosed by determining Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is defined by the ratio of an individual’s height to his or her weight.
Do I qualify for Surgery?
You are be a candidate for surgical weight loss if you meet any of the following criteria:
- You are more than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight.
- You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40.
- You have a BMI of over 35 and have other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, reflux, sleep apnea or high cholesterol.
BMI Qualify for surgery
20-25: Overweight No
30-35: Obese No
35-40: Severely Obese *YES
>40: Morbidly Obese YES
* If your BMI is above 35 with any medical conditions such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Sleep Apnea, Arthritis, Back Pain, Reflux, or High Cholesterol you will qualify for surgery.
How Does Morbid Obesity Affect My Health?
The following health problems are associated with morbid obesity:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol Levels
- Respiratory Problems
- Gastroesophageal Reflux
- Urinary Stress Incontinence
- Degenerative Arthritis
- Venous Stasis Disease/Ulcers
- Skin Infections
How Does Weight Loss surgery Affect My Health?
*Individual Results May Vary.