Is BMI the Best Indicator of Obesity?

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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.

Dr. Brian Mirza is a leading weight loss surgeon in Houston, who prides himself on taking a personalized, comprehensive approach to patient care. Give us a call today at (713) 339-1353.

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

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