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The BMI Chart: What Do My Results Mean?

Obesity Excess Weight

After you've calculated your Body Mass Index (BMI), consult the BMI chart below to understand what your results mean. Remember that your BMI is simply a ratio of your height to your weight, and your number determines your weight status category: Normal BMI ranges from 20 to 25, overweight ranges from 25 to 30, and obese ranges from 30 and up.

If your body mass index is over 30 and you have tried earnestly but unsuccessfully to lose weight through diet, exercise, or prior weight-loss surgery, rest assured that you still have a wide range of options to help you lose weight. At the Houston UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, our team of specialists can help you understand your options for reaching your target weight-loss goal and preventing obesity-related health risks.

The BMI chart above helps patients determine whether they might be eligible for a medical weight-loss program or bariatric weight-loss surgery. Bariatric surgery was once eligible only for patients with a body mass index of 40 or more, or for patients with a BMI of 35 or more with other serious weight-related health problems. However, new developments in minimally invasive bariatric surgery enable some patients who have a lower body mass index (30 to 35) plus weight-related health problems to achieve significant weight loss. For instance, Gastric Banding (LAP-BAND® System), Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Gastric Bypass have been shown in randomized, controlled trials to be safe and effective procedures for patients with BMIs in the lower obesity range.

During your consultation at the UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, your board-certified surgeon will use your BMI and other health and lifestyle criteria to recommend a weight-loss option, or range of options, appropriate for you. You can trust the team of weight-loss experts at UT MIST to help you understand and make the best choice for your needs and lifestyle. Whatever weight-loss option you choose, we will fully support you in your decision, and we look forward to helping you achieve better health and wellness.

For patients who need a medical approach to treatment or do not qualify for surgery, medical treatment of obesity includes intensive lifestyle intervention and Anti-Obesity Medications. In the last five years, new generation anti-obesity medications have been approved by the FDA. These medications can help you interrupt signals of hunger and cravings, raise your metabolism, and work on signals in your brain that affect food cravings. Our obesity medicine specialist and the team at UT COMMP can guide you through successful medical weight loss that helps you achieve long term maintenance of your improved health.

To learn more about interpreting your BMI results or discussing your options for lowering it, contact our Houston office today at (713) 892-5500, or request your consultation online.

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The UT MIST/UT COMMP team includes board-certified surgeons and obesity medicine specialists who are among the most highly trained in the country. They offer the most advanced minimally invasive technologies and techniques available for weight loss surgery, and will work with you to provide the best possible care.