Don’t Accept a Life Full of Chronic Illness
Obesity is measured by using the Body Mass Index (BMI). By knowing your height and weight and using a BMI calculator you can find your BMI. You are considered obese if you have a BMI of 30 or more. Severe obesity is defined as having a BMI of more than 35. Morbid obesity constitutes a BMI of 40 or more.
BMI is also important because it is often utilized as one of the key bariatric surgery requirements both for surgeons and for insurance providers. Therefore, knowing your BMI is an important piece of obesity information to have for yourself, and while it's just an estimate, it's a useful guideline as you consider your options for weight loss surgery.
If you have tried several times to lose weight and have not been successful, bariatric surgery may be an option.
Bariatric surgery can be thought of as a way to change your size, but it will also change your life. But surgery alone is not the answer to better health. The operation is a catalyst, a launching point for a whole new way of living – and eating.
Bariatric surgery is a big step, and it is important to have the right mindset when you take that step. The surgery will force you to create new eating habits because your stomach will be smaller and you will become fuller faster. As a result, it will be more important than ever to make smart food choices.
All surgery comes with risk factors, but living with morbid obesity can be riskier. So ask yourself if you are ready for a new life – one with reduced chances of serious health related illnesses and without excess body weight.
Bariatric surgery is typically considered either a restrictive procedure that reduces food intake or a malabsorptive procedure that alters digestion.