What is my BMI?

If you are obese, you face an elevated risk of developing conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and stroke.  You may also struggle with self-confidence. You can change your life by seeking obesity treatment from a reputable bariatric surgeon. While you may be hesitant to undergo weight loss surgery due to cost, planning your treatment through Tijuana Bariatric Center in Tijuana, Mexico, allows you to receive high-quality care for much less.

According to Trust for America's Health, about 25 percent of Californians are obese. The U.S. and Mexico are two of the countries with the highest obesity rates. Body mass index (BMI) is an important factor used to determine obesity. Your BMI is calculated by taking your weight in pounds, dividing that number by your height in inches squared, and multiplying that number by 703. A BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. There are three classes of obesity:

  • Class 1: BMI of 30 to <35
  • Class 2: BMI of 35 to < 40
  • Class 3: BMI of 40 or higher

A BMI over 40 is considered severely obese.

Why Seek Treatment?

Being obese is hazardous to your long-term physical and psychological health.

Obesity has been linked to a higher risk of developing a variety of serious health issues, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • High cholesterol
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Death

The excess weight can also cause physical pain and limit your mobility.

Obese men and women often suffer from low self-esteem and poor body image due to their weight and related limitations. Beyond diminished self-confidence, obesity can often lead to clinical depression and anxiety disorders.

You can change your life by seeking obesity treatment from a reputable bariatric surgeon.

Treatment is Essential

Over time, the state of your health will worsen if you remain obese. While there is no specific cure, lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise combined with surgical treatment can help you lose weight and improve virtually every aspect of your health.

What Type of Surgical Treatment Is Available?

Bariatric surgery is designed to facilitate weight loss by altering the gastrointestinal tract. Procedures include:

  • Gastric sleeve surgery
  • Single-incision laparoscopic sleeve (SILS)
  • Gastric sleeve plication surgery
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Mini gastric bypass
  • Duodenal switch surgery
  • LAP-BAND® system

The type of weight loss surgery recommended for you will depend on the state of your health and personal preferences. A bariatric specialist can conduct a thorough evaluation to determine which procedure is right for your needs.

Coordinate Your Obesity Treatment

If you have been unable to achieve your weight loss goals through diet and exercise alone, contact Tijuana Bariatric Center using the online form to discuss your options with a bariatric surgeon. Together, you and your surgeon can determine the best way to help you start a new phase of health and happiness in your life.


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