Body Mass Index
Body Mass Index as an indicator of the obesity of the human body was first developed in the 1850s by Belgian statistician Adolphe Quetelet, and is expressed by dividing one’s weight by one’s height square.
International classification of adult weight categories:
- BMI under 18.5 – underweight
- BMI 18.5 – 25 – normal weight
- BMI 25 – 30 – overweight
- BMI 30+ – obese
- Obese class I – BMI 30 – 34.99
- Obese class II – BMI 35 – 39.99
- Obese class III – BMI 40+
Body Mass Index criteria for weight-loss surgery:
- BMI is over 33 and you suffer from diabetes type II
- BMI is over 35, and you have additional health disorders related to obesity
- BMI is over 40
Health & psychological conditions
The following are the topics that will be evaluated by our expert bariatric team to make a final decision on whether weight loss surgery is a safe and appropriate tool for you:
- Medical history: general health status, previous surgeries, illnesses, medications will help physicians avoid risks and choose the most effective and safe weight loss surgery for you.
- Diet habits, lifestyle and previous weight loss experience.
- Physical activity or inactivity: physical activity is definitely related to improved health and higher energy levels may be related to the development of obesity and physical activity. If you think about weight loss surgery, you should understand the relationship between physical activity and lifelong obesity management.
- Psychological factors: you will face dietary restrictions after weight loss surgery, you will need to permanently change your eating and eating habits. More likely, you’ll also have a chance to review your physical activities and find a way to be healthier and happier! These changes have changed you and can lead to new feelings and sensations, new behaviors, possibly some relationship changes. Before making a final decision about the surgery, you and your surgeon should be sure of your personal consciousness and participation in the long-term weight loss process. There are also some mental health conditions that can contribute to weight loss and also make it difficult to maintain the health benefits of weight loss surgery.
Weight loss surgery should not be considered a miracle solution. One of the most important issues for lifetime success after your weight loss surgery is your surgeon’s personal commitment to following guidelines on diet, lifestyle change and daily physical activities. In order to really change your daily habits, it is important to assess your weaknesses in front of the surgery.