Your body mass index (BMI) is the gold standard used by professionals when determining whether you’re overweight or obese. Abel Bello, MD, and the doctors at MIB Surgery in Plantation, Florida, quickly calculate your BMI, then use state-of-the-art equipment to perform a precise analysis of your body composition. If you’re overweight or obese, they offer medical weight loss and bariatric surgery to help you reach a healthy weight. Call to schedule appointment today!
BMI Q & A
What is BMI?
BMI is a measure of your body size that’s determined by the ratio of your weight to your height. Technically, BMI is determined by dividing your weight by the square of your height. The resulting number indicates whether you’re underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.
These are the guidelines for BMI scores in adults:
- BMI below 18.8 is underweight
- BMI of 18.9 to 24.9 is a healthy weight
- BMI of 25 to 29.9 is overweight
- BMI of 30 to 34.9 is class I obesity
- BMI of 35 to 39.9 is class II, serious obesity
- A BMI of 40 and greater is class III, severe obesity
The higher your BMI, the greater your risk of developing serious chronic health conditions.
Why should I be concerned about my BMI?
Fat cells are highly active, producing hormones and other substances that influence your overall health. The more excess fat you have, the more these biochemicals get out of balance. As a result, being overweight and obese increase your risk of developing:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Kidney and liver disease
- Colon cancer
- Breast and endometrial cancers
Additionally, obesity significantly increases your risk of musculoskeletal problems, such as knee osteoarthritis.
If you’re only 10 pounds overweight, the force on your knee increases by 30-60 pounds every time you take a step. In obese patients, that translates into about 300-600 pounds of pressure on your knees when you walk.
What treatments can help if my BMI is too high?
The team at MIB Surgery offers comprehensive weight-loss services for obese patients. Their medical weight-loss program helps you lose weight and fills the requirements required by insurance companies before you can have bariatric surgery.
Your medical weight-loss program starts with a body composition analysis using state-of-the-art InBody®, then the team at MIB Surgery work with you to set realistic weight-loss goals and develop a plan. Your ongoing support includes services, such as:
- Personalized nutrition program and diet plan
- Nutritional supplements
- Prescription weight-loss medications
- Online engagement and tracking system
If your BMI indicates you’re obese, you may qualify for weight-loss surgery. The doctors at MIB Surgery are experts with many years of experience successfully performing minimally invasive bariatric surgeries, such as sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery.
They also offer adjustable gastric band and the Orbera® balloon as potential alternatives to bariatric surgery.
To get the medical support you need for obesity, call MIB Surgery or book an appointment today.