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What is BMI?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index, and is calculated by taking into consideration an individual’s weight AND height. It is a measurement of a person’s weight relative to their height. Because of differences in size and body composition, using only someone’s weight is not the most accurate way to determine whether they need weight loss surgery. Someone who is taller would typically be expected to weigh more than someone who is shorter. That is why the BMI gives a better idea of whether someone’s weight is healthy, or if it puts them at risk for all of the diseases associated with obesity, making them a potential candidate for weight loss surgery.

A BMI of 20-24.9 is considered healthy. Obesity begins at a BMI greater than 30. Bariatric surgery is typically approved by insurances at a BMI greater than 35 along with an associated medical condition, or a BMI greater than 40 with or without an associated medical condition. However, even if your BMI is less than 35 you may still qualify for weight loss surgery, and the experienced surgeons at KC Bariatric will be able to help you decide this.

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BMI < 20 under weight
BMI 20-24.9 healthy weight
BMI 25-29.9 over weight
BMI 30-34.9 obesity
BMI 35-39.9 severe obesity
BMI 40-49.9 morbid obesity
BMI > 50 super morbid obesity

The surgeons at KC Bariatric have extensive experience operating patients even with BMI’s in the super obese range. We are committed to helping achieve your weight loss goals. Our free seminars are a great opportunity to learn about bariatric surgery, ask questions, and meet other people who are on the same journey. We invite you to come meet Dr. Hoehn, Dr. Hamilton, Dr. Aragon and Dr. Strain, and find out if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery.