Body mass index (BMI) is a ratio of a person’s weight (in pounds) to their height (in inches). BMI is an inexpensive and easy screening method to determine weight category – underweight, healthy weight, overweight, and obesity. It does not diagnose the body fatness or health of an individual.BMI is a calculation of your size that takes into account your height and weight. It shows the relationship between your height and weight as a single number that is not dependent on frame size of the body. BMI is not a perfect test and results can be thrown off by pregnancy, muscle mass, gender, or ethnicity for example. So why does it matter then? Usually, the higher your BMI, the higher the risk of developing a condition that is linked to having excess weight. These conditions can include diabetes, arthritis, liver disease, types of cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and many other conditions related to excess weight.What are the numbers for each weight category?
  • Underweight: BMI is less than 18
  • Normal weight: BMI is 18 to 25
  • Overweight: BMI is 26 to 30
  • Obese: BMI is 31 or more
Your BMI is one of the tools your doctor will use to decide what type of weight loss interventions are best for you. The doctor will also take into consideration your weight history, other medical conditions, lifestyle, and age when determining the best weight loss methods. Based on your BMI, you may qualify for the following:
  • If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, some of the options available to you may be physician assisted weight loss programs such as medications or dietary assistance with a staff clinical dietitian and dietary plans. Other non-surgical methods may be available as well.
  • If your BMI is between 30 and 39.9, some of the options available to you may include the non-surgical intra-gastric balloon, sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric bypass, in addition to a consultation with a staff clinical dietitian.
  • If your BMI is over 40, you may qualify for surgical options such as sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass, as well as non-surgical options like medication and dietary services.
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Want to check out our BMI Calculator?

Click here to visit our BMI Calculator page. It’s easy and fast! Simply enter your weight (in pounds) and height (in inches), let it know you’re not a robot by clicking the captcha, and click on the blue Calculate BMI button. Your results will pop up along with options you may qualify for. Remember, BMI is just one of many factors we consider when deciding what weight loss measures are best for you!


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that are available at Anchorage Bariatrics.

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Click here to visit our new Non-Surgical FAQ Videos page on our website. Our staff will address some of the most frequently asked questions in regards to non-surgical weight loss.

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