According to recent data, three out of every 10 adults in Louisiana are obese and 65 percent of adults are obese or overweight. Obesity keeps many people from living their life with freedom, energy, and passion. Furthermore, obese adults have 36 percent higher medical expenditures per year compared to adults in a normal weight range.
If you think – or know – that you struggle with obesity, then we encourage you to use our BMI calculator to get the facts. By educating yourself about obesity and facing the information head on, you can make your first steps toward permanent weight loss.
What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?
Body Mass Index is a measurement of body fat. It is calculated using a simple formula that only requires your height and weight. Though a BMI test does not actually measure body fat, it is usually an accurate indicator of obesity.
For example, a person who weighs 200 pounds and is 6’ 1” has a BMI of 20, a healthy figure. A person who weighs 200 pounds but is 5’ 5”, on the other hand, would have a BMI of 33, indicating obesity.
Are You Obese?
Individuals who identify with the following statements may be morbidly obese. If you agree with the following statements, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery:
I am more than 100 lbs. over my ideal weight.
I have a BMI greater than 40.
I have a BMI of more than 35 and struggle with weight-related health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
I struggle to maintain a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time – even with medically supervised dieting.
Find Out Your BMI
Use this free BMI calculator.
Why is BMI important?
Your BMI or Body Mass Index is a mathematical formula that is determined by using your height and weight. BMI does not actually measure body fat, but generally correlates well with the degree of obesity. For example, a person of the same height and weighing 200 pounds would have a BMI of 31 and would be considered obese. For individuals with a combination of obesity and medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, type II diabetes, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis, the health risk is greatly increased.
For more information regarding obesity and weight loss surgery please consider the following sites:
- obesityhelp.com – Resources and peer support for morbid obesity and weight loss surgery.
- asmbs.org – This link is for the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.
For more information or to schedule a free consultation with a West Monroe bariatric surgeon, call 1-877-726-WELL. Register online for a free weight loss seminar or by calling 318-322-1339.