Doctors, including weight loss surgeons, have long relied on the body mass index (BMI) measurement to assess a patient’s weight in comparison to their height. The four primary ranges on the BMI scale indicate whether a person is underweight, of normal weight, overweight, or obese. A person’s BMI can provide an overall picture of health, but it certainly isn’t the only measurement a doctor will consider.
In general terms, BMI isn’t accurate because it only considers a person’s weight and height. It doesn’t factor in a comparison of body fat to muscle mass, waist circumference, or visceral fat stored around organs—which is particularly damaging to one’s health. That’s why bariatric surgeons prefer to examine a patient’s entire health history. BMI isn’t the only factor considered when determining whether a patient might be a good candidate for gastric surgery.
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