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Patients who are morbidly or severely obese are at increased risk for health problems and tend to have a shortened life span. There is also added potential risk from continued weight increase. The risk of severe obesity is greater than that of its surgical treatments.
Persons eligible for weight loss surgery include the following:
- Persons with a BMI of 40 or over (about 100 pounds or more above ideal body weight).
- Persons with a BMI of 35 or above (at least 80 pounds above ideal body weight) and who have life-threatening obesity related problems such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, etc.