BMI 30-35

    You are not a candidate for weight loss surgery if you are otherwise healthy. 

    FDA approved weight loss surgery for BMI over 30 for people who have a health problem related to obesity, like hypertension or diabetes. 

    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 osteoporosis.
    • 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 more 

    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 weight loss
    • 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, physician, dietitian
    • Dedicated to lifestyle change and follow-up