Bariatric Surgery for Obesity (Class 1): BMI 30-34.9

May 21, 2016 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Bariatric Surgery Obesity

A woman on her couchObesity and morbid obesity are an epidemic, which is why many patients turn to Dr. Fernando Garcia. A leading weight loss surgeon based in Tijuana, he has helped countless patients through safe, affordable, state-of-the-art bariatric surgery. Patients come into the practice dealing with health issues and leave on the road to a healthier tomorrow.

Body mass is an important part of assessing obesity and tailoring treatment to a patient's needs. Let's consider class 1 obesity and what this means exactly.

The Body Mass Index (BMI) Explained

Body mass index (BMI) refers to a ratio of a person's weight and height. This number arrived at will yield a certain range that considers height and weight and how that relates to overall body mass.

Keep in mind that it's not always the most accurate assessment for health and wellness since people with lots of muscle mass may be considered overweight. Still, for the majority of the population, the BMI is a pretty good measure of an ideal weight range.

Obesity (Class 1) – BMI 30.0-34.9

Class 1 obesity means that a person is no longer just overweight. In such cases, her or she is carrying a significant amount of body mass (often body fat) in excess of a normal amount. This increases the risk of obesity-related illnesses and other wellness issues.

People who are obese tend to have a significant issues with the waist size. For women, this usually means a waist of 35” or greater; for men this means a waist of 40” or greater. Waist measurement will be considered in addition to BMI in order to make an accurate assessment about the classification of a patient's obesity.

Health Problems Associated with Obesity (Class 1)

There are a number of health problems linked to obesity. These include the following:

  • Diabetes<
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Arthritis later in life
  • Cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Gallstones

Can I Achieve a More Ideal Body Mass Without Surgery?

It is possible, and it may not be too difficult for people with class obesity to lose weight and achieve a more ideal body mass. That said, changing your diet and activity level takes a lot of effort, and reducing weight by a significant amount can take time. If you need to lose weight urgently to avoid serious health issues, it may be worthwhile to consider bariatic surgery.

How Bariatric Surgery Can Help - Obesity (Class 1)

Bariatric surgery can reduce the amount of calories you consumer each day, which helps you lose weight safely yet rapidly. There are different surgeries that can be performed, including gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass. During the consultation process, we will be sure to provide you with detailed information on all of your weight loss options so you can make a smart decision about your future health and wellness.

Speak with Dr. Fernando Garcia

For more information on treating obesity and helping patients achieve a healthier lifestyle overall, be sure to contact our team of bariatric surgery specialists today. Dr. Fernando Garcia will be more than happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you achieve total wellness in the process.