BMI and its Classification
The Body Mass Index (BMI) is one measure used to define overweight and obesity. It generally reflects the amount of excessive body fat although there are certain exceptions, such as the BMI of a woman who is pregnant, an athlete, a body builder or the elderly.
BMI does not necessarily take into account a person’s distribution of fat (abdominal vs. peripheral) and is not a good measurement of the metabolic activity of a person’s fat tissue.
Candidates for bariatric surgery must have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 35 with weight-related conditions or a BMI greater than 40 without weight-related conditions. Candidates must also have tried unsuccessfully in the past to lose weight through diet and exercise.
"My bariatric journey can be summed up in two words: life-changing. Dr. Venkat has been a guiding beacon in a vast darkness of failed weight loss and downward spiraling of health issues."
6 weeks post op
"Since having surgery I have stopped most medications, and no longer have blood pressure issues or high blood sugar. I have begun actually enjoying life and not just watching it pass by. I feel so amazing and never thought I would have such great results."
5 months post op