You have probably heard of the term “body mass index” (BMI) from your doctor, on T.V., or online somewhere. It is one of those terms that you may not fully understand but are somewhat aware of what it relates to. Understanding what BMI is and how it can impact your health can be very beneficial, especially when it comes to preserving your health.
Your BMI is the numerical value derived from your mass and height that is used to categorize your weight. This is used to categorize an individual as underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.
Your BMI will be based on the ideal weight for someone of your height. For instance, individuals who are considered to be at the normal weight for their body size will have a BMI between 18.5 and 25. Individuals who have a BMI of over 30 are considered to be obese for their height.
Your BMI provides your doctor with essential information regarding the current state of your health and is used to help calculate any potential health risks that may arise as a result of your body weight.
Individuals who are considered morbidly obese (BMI over 40) should contact Western Surgical Bariatric Center to schedule a consultation, as they have a significantly increased risk of experiencing serious complications, and in some cases death, as a result of their weight.