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Surgery in the Treatment of Obesity (cont.)

Measuring Obesity

A measure called the body mass index (BMI) is used to assess your weight relative to your height.
What does the BMI mean?

  • Healthy BMI = 18.5-24.9


  • Overweight = 25.0-29.9


  • Obese = 30 or greater


  • Morbidly obese = 40 or greater
To calculate your body mass index on the internet, fill in your height and weight at the Web site of the United States government's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Obesity Education Initiative.

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