Body Mass Index and Weight Loss

By 1st September 2016Latest News

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height, and applies to most adult men and women aged 20 and over. 

 

The greater your BMI, the greater the risk of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. The average BMI for a man in the UK is 27; for a woman 26.9.

Potentially life-threatening obesity is defined as:

  • having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above
  • having a BMI of 35 or above and having another serious health condition that could be improved if you lose weight, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure

Adults who have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes may also be considered for an assessment for weight loss surgery if they have a BMI of 30-34.9.

For people who meet the above criteria, weight loss surgery has proved to be effective in significantly and quickly reducing excess body fat.

However, it’s always recommended that you try to lose weight through a healthy, calorie-controlled diet and increased amounts of exercise before you consider weight loss surgery, as surgery carries a risk of complications and requires a significant change in lifestyle afterwards.

To discuss your weight loss requirements please call: 0844 335 6126 or fill in our contact form.

More information on calculating your BMI