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What Is The Body Mass Index?



The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a mathematical formula used for defining obesity using height and weight.

  • Body Mass Index = weight /( height2)

Health care professionals utilize the Body Mass Index (BMI) as an estimate of body fat and the corresponding risk associated with excess weight and diseases like Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

Individuals who have a BMI of:

  • 18 - 25 are considered to be in the "Normal" weight range
  • 25 - 30 are considered to be "Overweight"
  • 30 - 35 are considered to be "Moderately Obese"
  • 35 - 40 are considered to be "Severely Obese"
  • 40 + are considered to be "Very Severly Obese
Obesity Classification Table
Classification BMI Range Health & Survival Risk
Overweight 25 - 30 Mild
Class I 30 -35 Moderate
Class II 35 - 40 Severe
Class III >40 Very Severe

If you have a BMI of greater than 35, and suffer from one or more weight related illnesses, or if you have a BMI of greater than 40, you can qualify for bariatric surgery. Please call 214-989-6633 to learn more about your Body Mass Index reading and talk with an expert to see if Bariatric surgery is an option for you.

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