Did you know that two people can weigh the same but have entirely different body types, sizes, and heights? The number on the scale doesn’t always tell the story. That’s why it’s important to know your body mass index (BMI).
At The Bariatric Experts, in Frisco, Abilene, or Denton, Texas, Dr. Scott Stowers and our team have the expertise to understand how much body fat you have using a BMI calculator.
Your body mass index is a calculation that measures your height and weight to produce a category of your body size. Though it isn’t a diagnostic tool, it’s reliable for indicating your body fat measurement.
How the BMI scale works
Your BMI calculation involves dividing your weight in kilograms by the square root of your height in meters. To simplify the process, you can use an online BMI calculator.
Once you know your BMI, you can determine your weight category.
What your number means
The BMI scale determines what category you’re in. Here are the numbers:
- Below 18.5, you’re underweight
- 18.5-24.9, you’re within a normal weight range
- 25-29.9, you’re overweight
- 30-34.9, you’re moderately obese
- 35-39.9, you’re severely obese
- 40 or higher, you’re extremely obese
If your BMI is 30 or higher, you qualify for bariatric surgery at The Bariatric Experts. Our team can offer guidance and give you the support you need for healthy living and a longer life.
Health risks of a high BMI
Being overweight or obese is directly related to serious health complications, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary heart disease
- Sleep apnea
- Respiratory issues
- Some cancers
- Kidney failure
When you keep your weight within the normal BMI range, you reduce your risks for numerous health-related issues.
How we can help
At The Bariatric Experts, we work with you to help you become healthier, feel better, and look your best. We have a compassionate, patient-centered approach that offers counseling, webinars, nutrition plans, and many resources to support you on your journey. In addition to bariatric surgeries, we also provide a comprehensive weight loss program to meet your specific health goals and desires.
To find out more, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. Schedule your appointment today by phone (940) 577-2090 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask about a televisit option if you live over two hours away.