What is "Severe Obesity?"
Severe Obesity is Also
Called "Morbid Obesity"
Severe obesity is often defined as being 100
pounds or more overweight. A better way to determine
obesity is by calculating your Body Mass Index, or BMI.
This index combines your weight and height into a single
number. The easiest way to calculate your BMI is with
the BMI Calculator
on this website! This will help you determine whether
or not you are a candidate for weight loss surgery
Is Severe Obesity
a Cosmetic Problem?
Severe obesity is a disease, not cosmetic problem.
If you are 100 pounds or more overweight, you are at
increased risk for many health problems including diabetes,
sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and even certain types
of cancer. By losing this excess weight, you can lower
your risks to that of a normal-weight person.
Not Just a Disease, it's an Epidemic!
A recent article in the Journal of the American
Medical Association (JAMA) identified obesity as the
cause of 400,000 deaths per year in the United States.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has recommended
surgical treatment of obesity for severely overweight
individuals who have not been successful with dieting
and exercise alone.