Many people come in to see our doctors at Sun Coast Bariatrics with one question in mind. “Do I qualify for weight loss surgery?” There are many factors that play a role in this decision. The first step is to ensure you are healthy enough for bariatric surgery. That is why you'll receive a full examination.

The second factor is to determine your BMI, or body mass index. This is a calculation of your body's composition with the goal of understanding what percentage of your body mass is made up of fat. We can find that out using this BMI calculator.

BMI Calculator

To use it, simply input the information requested. Then, click the button to calculate your BMI. This information helps us to determine what your body fat percentage is. If your BMI is high, that indicates you are at a higher risk for developing life threatening complications related to your body size. This may include high blood pressure, heart disease, and even cancer. A high BMI means you are at a greater need for having bariatric weight loss surgery.

There are some limitations to this basic calculator. It does not give us an accurate body fat percentage for those people who are very fit and have significant muscle mass. Athletes, for example, cannot use this as a judgment of their health. However, for most people, it does provide accurate information.

When asking, "Do I qualify for weight loss surgery," this is one of the first steps we will take to better understand your health overall. It provides a clear indication of what your health risks are and the importance of taking drastic measures like weight loss surgery to improve them.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides guidelines on what are high risk BMI numbers:

BMI Calculator

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.





Your BMI Score is:


Your BMI indicates your weight is in the underweight range. By gaining a few pounds, you may lower your chances of health problems.

Congratulations! Your BMI indicates that your weight is in the healthy range.

Your BMI indicates your weight is in the overweight range. To lower your chances of health problems, you may consider losing some weight.

Your BMI indicates your weight is in the obese range, which can have a significant impact on your health.

All information provided by this website is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for a visit with a health care professional. No information provided in this site may be considered medical advice. The information may not be relevant for your individual situation and may be misinterpreted. HCA assumes no responsibility for how you use information obtained from this site. Before making any decisions regarding your health care, ask your personal physician.

If your BMI is above 30, please contact us to discuss weight loss surgery options. Ultimately, other factors play a role in answering your question “Do I qualify for weight loss surgery?”, but this is a very good indication that you should talk to the doctors at Sun Coast Bariatrics about our weight loss program. Call us at (727) 289-7137 for a consultation.