About a Morbid Obesity BMIWhat is morbid obesity BMI, and what are some of the dangers of morbid obesity?
The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of whether you are under, normal weight, or obese. There are several calculators available online with which people can determine their Body Mass Index (BMI). For the convenience of our readers, we have included a simple calculator below. Choose Imperial to add your weight in pounds and height in inches.
A body mass index (BMI) of 40-49.9 is a level of extreme obesity, which may be ground for considering bariatric surgery. Between 2000 and 2005, obesity (BMI ≥ 30) increased by 24%, morbid obesity (BMI ≥ 40) increased by 50% and super obesity (BMI ≥ 50) increased by 75%. Those with a body mass index, or BMI, above 40 are robbed of at least 6 1/2 years, on average, of expected life span, a study has found .
BMI and Obesity: What Role Do They Play in Longevity?
A high BMI and obesity have long been regarded as risk factors for a variety of health related problems such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain forms of cancer. While this remains true, what affect does a high BMI and obesity play in overall mortality?
It was previously thought that a higher BMI was associated with an earlier, all-cause mortality. Several studies done in the past have supported this idea. Some recent studies have called this conventional thinking on high BMI and obesity into question.
A few studies conducted on weight gain and obesity show that carrying around a few extra pounds may actually decrease mortality, particularly in the elderly. This may be partially due to the fact that elderly patients with lower BMI’s may be more at risk for dying from a hip fracture due to their propensity towards osteoporosis and may be more susceptible to (more…)