Do You Know Your BMI?
Although some people question whether Body Mass Index (BMI) is the best and most accurate way to determine whether someone is considered Normal Weight, Overweight or Obese, it remains the most important measurement in the eyes of insurance companies when they determine whether or not someone is eligible for bariatric surgery. Although each insurance provider has a different policy, which is subject to change, the general rule of thumb to qualify for surgery is as follows:
- BMI 30-39.9* with one obesity related comorbidity that can include but may not be limited to Type II Diabetes, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, High Blood Pressure and/or Coronary Artery Disease
- BMI greater than or equal to 40
*Patients with a BMI of 30-34.9 are subjected to insurance discretion.