Obesity is a disease that is chronic and often difficult to treat. Obesity is often the root of many other serious illnesses including:
- Heart disease.
- Sleep apnea.
- High blood pressure.
- High cholesterol.
- Joint pain.
- Acid reflux.
Medical treatments such as diet, exercise, and pills fail to help keep off the weight for more than 95 percent of obese people. Yet, surgery is successful in more than 80 percent of the time with weight loss outcomes.
Obesity is categorized in terms of Body Mass Index or BMI, a calculation based on a person's weight and height. Morbid obesity is defined as a BMI of 40 or greater, meaning the person is about 100 pounds overweight. To calculate your BMI, please download the table or check out our BMI calculator below.