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What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

BMI is a number that describes the type of weight that you have. People with a normal weight have a lower BMI. An overweight or obese person has a higher BMI. Caregivers can calculate (find out) your BMI using your height and weight. Your BMI number will help caregivers decide whether or not you are someone who can have weight loss surgery. BMI = weight (kg) ÷ height (m2), in other words, weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared.

BMI Calculator: National Institutes of Health

Calculate your BMI:

  • Multiply your weight (in pounds) by 703. For example, if you weigh 300 pounds, this equals 210,900.
  • Multiply your height (in inches) by your height (in inches). If you are 65 inches tall, this equals 4,225.
  • Divide the first number (210,900) by the second number (4,225). This equals 49.9. This is the BMI for a person who weighs 300 pounds, and is 5 feet, 5 inches (65) inches) tall.

Because the Bariatric Center is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program as a Comprehensive Center and is recognized in the Optum Centers of Excellence Network, weight loss surgery at NMMC is covered by more health plans, including those for teachers, state employees and many offered by employers, check your health plan benefits, talk to your doctor and weigh your options.