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BMI and The Measurement of Fat

Fat and weight are not the same. It is better to focus on the amount of fat on your body, rather than how much you weigh when considering medical weight loss. For this reason, it's important to take into account other factors when looking at your weight. One of the easiest factors to consider is your height. If you're taller, you'll most likely be heavier than someone who is shorter, simply because of your natural physiology. This is why we usually determine a person's size with Body Mass Index. More commonly known as BMI, the calculation is a formula based on weight and height.


BMI= weight (kg) divided by height² (metres)


Use this formula to calculate your BMI, or simply put in your credentials in the field provided at the bottom of the page. Which category are you in?


If you don't like what you see, take the next steps to achieve a BMI that you'd be happy with. LAP-BAND can help you if you are a BMI of 30 or more and have associated obesity considitons such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and etc.


Underweight: below 18.5
Normal weight: 18.5 to 25 (considered “healthy”)
Overweight: 25-30
Obese: over 30


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Do you disagree with your rating? Don't worry, there are many, many people who do as well. BMI is a very simple formula, but because of its simplicity and disregard for other factors, it can be inaccurate. Although it is a widely accepted method of measuring weight, it can be misleading. For example, consider using this formula for  someone with a lot of muscle, such as an athlete. An athlete may be quite heavy due to highly developed muscles, and have little fat on their body. A weightlifter or football player would be considered obese according to their BMI, but this would be totally wrong. As a result, it is important to understand that BMI should be the only way to determine whether someone is overweight or not. You must look at other traits. In addition, it is important to note that the area in which the exces fat is located is not considered with this measurement. Therefore, the health risks related to a concentration of fat in the mid-section, such as diabetes and hear diesaes, are not noted. Regardless, BMI has remained a fast and easy way to measure weight since the 1980s.


Of course there are other methods of determining whether you're over weight or not. One popular way is by bioimpedance. Bioimpedance delivers a small electric current (weak enough that you won't feel anything) through your body. Fat obstructs the flow of the electrical current, and a measurement is taken based on the rate at which the current is obstructed or impeded. Based on this measurement, a formula is used to determine the amount of body fat you have. However, even bioimpedance is not accurate despite bein more "scientific" sounding, and studies have shown that it is as accurate as BMI.


Did you know that BMI was created by the Belgian mathmetician, Aldophe Quetelet? It was originally called the Quetelet Index of Obesity, and was used more as a way to measure a group of people, rather than an individual.


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Keep in mind that only a qualified physician or surgeon will properly evaluate all the factors in your case. This result is a guideline for you and can help you make the decision to seek more information about weight loss surgery using the LAP-BAND® System.

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Our surgeons are Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and are affiliated with a number of professional organizations, including the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Canadian Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS), Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) and the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery (ICPRAS). All are members in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

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