You are not a candidate for weight loss surgery if you are
FDA approved weight loss surgery for BMI over 30 for people
who have a health problem related to obesity, like hypertension or
However, a *BMI over 30 = Obese.
Hamilton understands that weight loss is hard. Therefore, Hamilton
offers effective non-surgical programs designed to assist you in meeting
your weight loss goals.
You may be interested in Hamilton's
Optifast or Healthier You programs.
*Please note: BMI is not always an accurate way
to determine whether you need to lose weight. Here are some exceptions:
Body builders: Because muscle weighs more than fat, people who
are unusually muscular may have a high BMI.
Elderly: In the elderly it is often better to have a BMI between
25 and 27, rather than under 25. If you are older than 65, for
example, a slightly higher BMI may help protect you from
Children: While an alarming number of children are obese, do not
use this BMI calculator for evaluating a child. Talk to your
pediatrician about the appropriate weight for your child's age.
Doctors use a few different methods to determine whether you are
overweight. Your doctor may also take your waist circumference and
waist-to-hip ratio into consideration. Read
Listed below are the clinical guidelines for weight loss surgery:
Meet the National Institute of Health (NIH) criteria:
- about 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight, or
- have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40, or
- have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing severe negative
health effects, such as high blood pressure, obstructive sleep
apnea or diabetes, related to being severely overweight
Documented unsuccessful attempts to lose & maintain required
Absence of medical conditions that could cause obesity (rare)
Absence of drug and alcohol problem
No uncontrolled psychological conditions
Consensus after bariatric team evaluation: psychologist,
Dedicated to lifestyle change and follow-up