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Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI)

Bariatric surgery is a major surgery and prospective candidates need to fully understand the risks and lifestyle changes required before deciding to undergo this procedure.

The National Institutes of Health recommends bariatric surgery as a treatment option for people suffering from morbid obesity who are unable to lose weight by traditional means. It is recommended for people with a BMI* of 40 or greater which is approximately 100 pounds more than the ideal body weight for men and 80 pounds for women. Other candidates for surgery include those with a BMI between 35 and 40, who suffer from health problems associated with being obese, such as sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.


Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women.
• Enter your weight and height.
• Click on "Compute BMI" and your BMI will appear in the box.

BMI Categories:
<18.5
Underweight
18.5–24.9
Ideal weight
25–29.9
Overweight
30–35
Obese
> 35
Severly obese

An ideal BMI is between 19 and 25. A BMI between 26 and 29 is considered overweight. If it is over 30, one is considered obese and at risk for serious health problems. A BMI of 35 or more is considered severely or morbidly obese.

Erlanger Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Center
979 East 3rd St., Suite C-620
Chattanooga, TN 37403

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