About the BMI Calculator
Entering Your Information: The Body Mass Index Calculator can be used as a general gauge of how appropriate your body weight is for your height. By entering your current height and weight, you can assess if you are underweight, overweight or just right.
The BMI Calculator is based on data taken from middle-aged man and women. It may not be accurate for pregnant or nursing women, competitive athletes, and the elderly. The normal ranges for BMI in children are entirely different, and vary according to age and gender.
Are You a Candidate?
To be considered for bariatric surgery, you need to meet one of the following criteria:
• 100 lbs or more over ideal body weight or
• Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater or
• Have a BMI of 35 or greater with two or more obesity-related co-morbidities (complications) and failed non-surgical efforts at weight loss
Most candidates for bariatric surgery are between the ages of 18 and 55. People who have not yet tried traditional weight loss techniques are usually not candidates for bariatric surgery. Usually, you have to have tried and failed to lose weight using traditional methods.