What is Morbid Obesity?

Morbid obesity, or clinically severe obesity, is often defined as being 100 pounds heavier or weighing 100% more than one's ideal body weight (IBW). Having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater is also considered morbid obesity. Formulas that compare a person's weight and height are used to determine both BMI and IBW, and you can click here for a calculators to help you determine your BMI. Diet plans and exercise programs can offer varied results, but none has consistently led to lasting weight loss. Weight loss surgery, in contrast, is a proven long-term solution for morbid obesity.

While weight loss operations are uniquely effective for many patients, like all surgery, they involve some risks and may not be right for everyone. The current and long-term health hazards of obesity can justify weight loss surgery for many people. We encourage anyone considering bariatric surgery to do thorough research, consult with a primary care physician , and attend one of our free information sessions to help you make the right decision.