What is a Body Mass Index (BMI)?

Your BMI is important in determining the best way for you to lose weight. 
BMI is a measure of body fat based on weight and height for adults. Generally speaking, weight loss surgery is indicated for individuals who are at least 100 pounds or more overweight or who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater.

You may still be a candidate for surgery if you have a BMI of 35-39 and suffer from serious co-morbid health conditions, which would improve with weight loss.

BMI is categorized as follows:

  • Healthy (BMI 18.5-24.9)
  • Overweight (BMI over 25)
  • Obesity I (BMI 30-34.5)
  • Obesity II (BMI 35-39.5)
  • Clinically Severe Obesity (BMI over 40)

Use this BMI calculator to determine your BMI

If your BMI is over 25 consider the following options:

If your BMI is 35 or higher consider the above options and:

  • Talk with your provider about weight loss surgery if your BMI is over 30 and you have another medical condition, such as diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure. St. Mark’s physicians can also provide medical weight loss programs to help you satisfy your insurance requirements prior to surgery.

Contact Us

Do you have questions about weight loss options? Let us help. Please call us at (801) 212-5921.

If you think you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery, learn more about our weight loss surgical options and preparing for surgery.

Treatment Options by BMI

Once you know your BMI, the options below can help you plan the next step in your weight loss journey with St. Mark’s Hospital. Each visit with a provider will be customized to your needs and lifestyle.

  • Lap band is an option for BMI over 30 if you have other medical conditions. Complete the free Weight Loss Surgery Seminar to learn more.
  • Schedule an appointment for a health evaluation with a primary care physician who specializes in weight management. The physician will help determine if you are a good candidate for weight loss medications.
  • Attend a free community Healthy Lifestyles class.
  • Consider weight loss surgery if you have another medical condition such as diabetes, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure.
  • Watch a free online Weight Loss Surgery Information Class Online or attend one in person with a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgeon.
  • Schedule an appointment for a health evaluation with a primary care physician who specializes in weight management. The physician will help determine if you are a good candidate for weight loss medications. Our providers can also provide Medical Weight Loss programs to help you satisfy your insurance requirements prior to surgery.
  • Attend a free community Healthy Lifestyles class.