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Calculate Your BMI and See If Bariatric Surgery Is Right for You

Using a scale to measure your weightThe team at Tijuana Bariatric Center is glad to offer an online BMI calculator and measurement tool to help patients determine if they are in a generally normal weight range for their height. By calculating BMI, people can determine if they should change their diet, exercise more, or even undergo bariatric surgery.

There are many misunderstandings about BMI, how it's calculated, and what the number means. We'd like to take a moment to consider BMI and how it plays a role in assessing candidacy for weight loss surgery procedures.

What Is BMI?

The body mass index or BMI is a value that assesses body mass in terms of an individual's height. The number is arrived at by dividing a person's body mass by the square of that person's height.

As a general value, BMI is quite useful for determining whether or not a person is obese as well as where that person falls in terms of their normal weight range. It's from the BMI that many contemporary assessments of obesity can be derived.

BMI Categories

The following are general weight categories based on BMI.

  • Underweight – BMI less than 18.5
  • Normal Weight – BMI 18.5-24.9
  • Overweight – BMI 25.0-29.9
  • Obesity (Class 1) – BMI 30.0-34.9
  • Severe Obesity (Class 2) – BMI 35.0-39.9
  • Morbid Obesity (Class 3) – BMI 40.0-49.9
  • Superobesity/Extreme Obesity – BMI greater than 50.0

By using that BMI calculator we mentioned above, you can figure out where on this range you are.

How Accurate Is the BMI at Determining Health?

BMI is generally an accurate assessment for assessing wellness with regard to body weight. If you are generally in the normal weight range, you are less likely to be suffering from serious health problems that are linked to obesity, such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. This isn't to say that people with a normal BMI do not experience these problems, but rather than they will not experience these health issues as a direct result of obesity per se.

That said, there are some flaws when it comes to overweight and potentially obese designations if a person is very muscular. Some professional athletes who lots of muscles or very chiseled physiques are certainly not people we'd consider obese, yet the weight of their muscles can be substantial and their BMI may tell a different story than their athletic prowess.

That flaw we noted has been cited by many as a reason why BMI shouldn't be the sole means of assessing general health and wellness.

Why BMI Is Important Despite Some Flaws

Even though we acknowledged some flaws with BMI, it is still a solid standard for assessing weight and wellness in the vast majority of the population. Since most people are note elite athletes, BMI in combination with body fat assessments and bloodwork can determine if someone is suffering from obesity-related illness.

When to Consider Bariatric Surgery

If you looks at your BMI and find that you are in the class 1 obesity, class 2 obesity, class 3 obesity or extreme obesity ranges, bariatric surgery may be ideal for you. In such cases, it's common for people to have difficulty losing weight on their own. Their doctor may have also noted some increased risk for health issues in the immediate future or down the road.

We would be more than happy to discuss your BMI and other health concerns online, by the phone, or in person.

Discuss Your Bariatric Surgery Options with Our Team

To learn more about BMI, bariatric procedures, and your many options for achieving a healthier lifestyle, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center is here to help you achieve wellness.

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