Definition of Morbid Obesity
Calculating BMI is an effective screening tool used to measure body fat based on height and weight. Obesity is a disorder involving excessive weight with a person’s BMI of 30 and over.
Morbid obesity means that an individual is extremely obese with a high BMI of at least 40+ OR over 100 pounds overweight. Severe obesity comes with risk of severe illness.
A severely obese individual generally has one or more health problems, or comorbidity, related to the amount of excess weight. Also, those suffering from mild, moderate, or extreme obesity have a higher chance of risk for developing comorbidities and health issues.
These obesity-related medical conditions can include type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, heart and cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, etc. Morbid obesity typically defines a body mass index level that is suitable to qualify for weight loss surgery in the United States.
You can qualify for gastric sleeve in Mexico with Mexico Bariatric Center® with a BMI of 30 – an easy 1-2-3.
|Less than 18.5||Underweight|
|18.5 to 24.9||Normal – Healthy Weight|
|25 to 29.9||Overweight|
|30 to 34.9||Obese||Class I|
|35 to 39.9||Obese||Class II|
|40 to 49.9||Morbidly Obese||Class III|
|Over 50||Severely Obese||Class IV|
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, BMI measures an individual’s body fat strictly by both height and weight as a standard metric.
- BMI = 18.5 to 24.9 – Normal
- BMI = 25 to 29.9 – Overweight
- BMI = 30 to 39.9 – Obese
- BMI = 40+ – Morbidly Obese
Body Mass Index is a widely used tool to measure obesity. BMI is a very “general” measurement of obesity using height and weight as the only factors.
With only two factors measuring excess body fat, BMI does not take into account things like muscle, % body fat, and individuals who have certain variables that put them in a different obesity class than they should be. Body Mass Index strictly measures your weight in kilograms (or pounds) and your height in in inches/centimeters using standard or metric measures.