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Am I A Candidate?


"There are so many things I do now that I never did before. Now I take the stairs. I walk to work. I left the pain behind me."

—Patrick, lost 135 pounds after bariatric surgery

Contemplating weight loss surgery brings lots of questions. Is weight loss surgery right for me? Do have to be obese? What does my Body Mass Index mean? Am I really a candidate? Weve helped thousands of people who have come to us from a variety of paths in their journey to weight loss.

Many of our patients have gained weight gradually over a few decades. They are on the edge of medical obesity, and while they have lost some things in their life already, they face deeper challenges if they dont stop their gradual weight gain. Some of our patients have struggled with weight their entire lives and are reaching the critical crossroads of a health crisis. In our experience, weve even seen patients who were once competitive athletes, but their lives changed direction just a few years agoand a massive weight gain followed.

Everyone has their own unique path, but a basic Body Mass Index can guide your exploration of weight loss options. Enter your BMI information below.

What is Your Body Mass Index (BMI)?

Your BMI is:

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What does this result mean?

BMI Range Meaning
Under 16 Severely Underweight
Between 16 and 20 Underweight
Between 21 and 25 Healthy Weight
Between 26 and 30 Moderately Overweight
Between 31 and 35 Overweight
Between 36 and 39 Very Obese
Over 40 Morbidly Obese

If your BMI is greater than 40, bariatric surgery is one possible treatment option. If your BMI is over 35 but you have a significant number of health problems (for example, diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure) caused or made worse by your weight, then you might also consider bariatric surgery as a treatment option. If you fall into these categories, we recommend you continue your exploration of surgical options by attending an introductory seminar either online or in-person.

Attend the online seminar now. Click here.

Book your spot to attend a seminar in-person here or call us at 888-362-9732.

For those who have a BMI between 26 and 35, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center also offers non-surgical weight loss options. These personalized programs can get you on the path to better health. Explore those options here.

Regardless of your BMI, a number is not your whole story. In order to treat you, we get to know you. We don’t see you as a number. We want to learn more about you, because that is how we find answers. We invite you to get to know us by attending a seminar or exploring our medical weight loss options. It’s just one little step to making a big change in your life.

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