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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.

Nonsurgical Treatment of Obesity

The first step toward weight loss is to eat less and to exercise more. The goal is not to lose all the excess weight. Losing even 10% of your weight can significantly lower you risk of developing obesity-related medical problems. However, over the long term, these strategies alone are not always successful for weight loss. A small percentage of individuals who participate in weight loss programs lose significant amounts of weight and maintain that loss for a long period.

Surgical Treatment of Obesity (Bariatric Surgery)

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Surgical treatment of obesity is also known as bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery. Surgery is currently the most effective treatment for morbid obesity resulting in durable and sustainable weight loss and accompanying health improvements.

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