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BMI

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. If you look at the qualifying factors for obesity treatments such as weight loss surgery, you will always see a minimum BMI attached to these treatments. Our obesity surgeons do not feel that BMI is always best way to measure whether someone should have bariatric surgery, but it does serve an important role as a quick and easy way of measuring obesity. For the majority of people, BMI is a helpful way to determine how much fat they have.

Each BMI is assigned to a designation of Underweight, Ideal weight, Overweight, or Obese. There are categories of obesity that include Severely Obese, Morbidly Obese, and Super Obese.

BMI Range Official Designation
Under 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Ideal weight
25 – 29.9 Overweight
30 – 34.9 Obese
35 – 39.9 Severely Obese
40 – 49.9 Morbidly Obese
50+ Super Obese

It is important to note that these BMI measurements are assigned for adults. At New York Bariatric Group we often treat adolescents who are obese, and those cases are evaluated slightly differently.

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BMI and treatment recommendations

Our weight loss surgeons will make treatment recommendations for you based on your medical history, lifestyle, goals, and preferences. In general, the weight loss balloons like Orbera and ReShape are approved for adults with a BMI between 30 – 40. Surgical procedures like the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and Lap Band are typically done for patients with a BMI over 40 if they have no obesity-related health conditions, or with a BMI over 35 if they have a comorbidity like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or sleep apnea. Studies have also suggested that patients with BMIs as low as 30 should be offered bariatric surgery, since it is important to address health complications of obesity as early as possible.

If you are unsure whether your BMI qualifies you for bariatric surgery, please speak to us. We can help you understand the requirements as well as what options may be most beneficial to you.

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Our team is happy to speak with you and help you understand any of the treatments we offer, or answer any questions you have. Please call and speak with us at 800-633-8446, or read more about the surgical and non-surgical options we offer here.

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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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*Individual results may vary.

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