Congratulations – you have taken the first quantifiable step in identifying your condition and improving your lifestyle. Here are the facts you need to know about your BMI.
What is a BMI?
BMI stands for “body mass index.” It is a body fat measurement that relates your height to your weight. Studies have shown that the BMI percentile is the most accurate way to determine body fat for adults and for children who are older than two years old.
Why is knowing your BMI important
Knowing your BMI is important for two major reasons. First, because BMI is such an accurate measure of body fat, you will be able to imply many of your medical conditions from that single assessment. Secondly, your BMI is very important to your insurance company. Insurers use the BMI assessment as a qualifier for candidacy in certain weight loss procedures.
What are the different BMI ranges
BMI ranges are sectioned off into three major color codes.
- Green – This section is reserved for a BMI range of 18.5 to 24.9. Green is considered a healthy range for a normal adult.
- Yellow – This section is reserved for a BMI range of 25 to 29.9. Green is considered overweight for a normal adult.
- Red – This section is reserved for a BMI range of 30 or above. Red is considered obese for a normal adult.
Is my BMI high enough for weight loss surgery?
Most insurance companies will share in the cost of weight loss surgery if your BMI is above 40. However, you may be able to get a special reservation if you have a BMI above 35 with a prevalent medical condition that can be related directly to obesity, such as diabetes.
Our BMI calculator (sic) gives you convenient access to your BMI range so that you can determine your eligibility for weight loss surgery and report your health condition to your insurance company for further review. You can also use our BMI calculator to monitor your progress after your surgery to ensure that your body is properly responding to the treatment.