About Morbid Obesity

Over 74% of Americans are either overweight or obese, and roughly 15 million are severely obese, which is being 100 pounds or more overweight.

Being overweight can lead to medical problems. They include (such as):

Learn more about obesity on these Loma Linda University Health web pages, or read on for details on morbid obesity below:

What is Morbid Obesity?

Obesity becomes "morbid" when it increases your chances for one or more serious health conditions that can lead to disability and even death. These conditions may include diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Am I Morbidly Obese?

Answering this question honestly may help you decide to take the first step to a healthier life. Here are some medically accepted indicators that you may be morbidly obese:

  • You are more than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight
  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40 (can we add a BMI calculator?)
  • You have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing serious medical problems,such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea
  • You are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically supervised dieting

Enter your details in the BMI Calculator to the right to see if you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery.