BMI Over 35
BMI over 35 is just a number but in reality it is a BMI point for a patient
that conveys a fairly high risk situation.
BMI Over 35 explained
BMI (Body Mass Index) put simply, is the calculation of someone’s body weight in relation to their height. BMI does not differentiate between body fat and muscle mass. That means someone with a higher percentage of muscle will also have a higher BMI without the appearance of being overweight.
You can calculate your BMI on our BMI calculator.
- If your BMI is less than 18.5, it falls within the underweight range. If your BMI is 18.5 to <25 ,it falls within the normal. If your BMI is 25 to <30, it falls within the overweight range.If your BMI is 30 or higher, it falls within the obese range.
- A BMI of 30-35 is considered Class I (low-risk) obese. People considered Class I obese could benefit from bariatric surgery, particularly if they are already diabetic or have a really significant weight related co-morbidity.
- Class 2 (moderate-risk) obesity, if BMI is 35 -39.9
- Class 3 (high-risk) obesity, if BMI is equal to or greater than 40
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Causes for a BMI over 35
Fat tissue is an essential part of storing and making energy for the body to move, control its temperature and other functions. If the body is storing more energy than is needed, the BMI will increase. A BMI over 35 can be the result of one or more of factors including: physical inactivity, diet high in simple carbohydrates, binge eating, psycho-social factors, medications, and medical conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome or hypothyroidism.
Increased Health Risks with a BMI over 35
- Reduced life expectancy
- Diabetes (type 2)
- Joint problems (such as arthritis)
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Gallbladder problems
- Certain types of cancer (breast, uterine, colon)
- Digestive disorders (including gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GORD)
- Breathing difficulties (often sleep apnoea, asthma)
- Psychological problems such as depression
- Problems with fertility and pregnancy
- Urinary Incontinence
BMI Over 35 and Obesity Surgery Data
Obesity in Australian adults has reached 28% and 1 in 4 children are overweight or obese. The health risks associated with obesity are serious and can be life threatening. Obesity is a disease that requires a solution that takes into account both lifestyle and genetic factors affecting an individual’s weight gain or inability to lose weight. More Australians are choosing weight loss surgery to address their obesity. The number of in hospital surgeries went from 9,300 to 22,000 between 2005-06 and 2014-15.
Start toward the new you. Call for your consult at Advance Surgical, on (08) 9386 2634.