Obesity has become a serious epidemic in western society. In Ontario it’s now reported that over 75% of the population is either overweight or obese. The result has been a marked increase in medical illnesses such as: heart problems, breathing problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and many other health conditions that are not only detrimental to one’s health, but also cause a huge financial strain on society. One method of treating morbid obesity is undergoing weight loss surgery. It is considered the most effective option now available to achieve dramatic and sustainable weight loss. More people are now considering weight surgery and many are wondering if they are eligible to undergo the procedure.
For a person to be considered a candidate for this kind of surgery, they have to meet specific criteria. For instance, potential candidates have to meet specific Body Mass Index (BMI) criteria. BMI is used as a measurement of body fat based on the person’s weight and height. A healthy body weight is a BMI weight that is between 19 and 24.9. An overweight BMI is between 25 and 29.9. An obese body weight is a BMI over 30. A person with severe morbid obesity has a BMI of over 40 or more.
Potential candidates for weight loss surgery will normally have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher. For men, this is normally about 75 pounds or more, and for women, it is about 50 pounds or more. As well, weight loss surgery is considered for obese people suffering from type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, or hypertension, and they have a BMI of 30 or more. Other criteria to becoming eligible for surgery include: unable to lose weight using traditional diet and exercise programs, be between the ages of 18 and 70, and the potential candidate must be committed to a diet and lifestyle change.
Although weight loss surgery has become a proven method for dropping the excess weight that is causing serious health risks, it is important to realize that the surgery is just one step to losing the weight and keeping it off for life. You have to be committed to a lifetime of living a healthy lifestyle. Good nutrition and exercise are key elements to ensuring that you live a long and healthy life after having the surgery.
Obesity results from the amassing of too much fat that exceed the body’s skeletal and physical standards. When one is severely obese, their quality of life drastically decreases. Fortunately, weight loss surgery is available to help a person shed the excess weight so that they can live a longer and healthier life.
When considering weight loss surgery, it is important to consult with a weight loss surgeon to determine if you are a potential candidate for the procedure. As well, you will be able to identify the type of surgery that is best for your personal condition and the risks and benefits of having the surgery so that you can make an informed decision.