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BMI Weight Category
Under 18.5 Underweight
18.5- 24.9 Normal
25 - 29.9 Overweight
30 - 34.9 Obese
35 - 39.9 Clinically Obese
40 or greater Morbidly Obese

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a general indicator of whether or not you are maintaining a healthy weight based on the ratio of your weight to your height. It’s an imperfect scale as it doesn't account for differences in body types. For example, a 5 foot 9 inch bodybuilder who weighs 215 pounds and has a 6% body fat would be labeled obese. And there is already a new scale just for people from Southeast Asia where the ranges are lowered.

While it can be a good indicator of the healthiness of your weight if you fall within certain statistical norms that were used to develop it, it should be taken with a significant grain of salt and should not be used as a substitute for a professional evaluation of your health by a doctor.

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Center for Weight Management
Two locations:

20 Research Place
North Chelmsford, MA 01863

203 Turnpike Street
2nd Floor
North Andover, MA 01845

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Phone: 978-788-7200
TTY: 978-937-6889
Phone: 877-LGH-WELL

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery is the most popular bariatric surgery in the United States. It has been used since 1968 to help control obesity through both restrictive and malabsorptive ways. The surgery is now typically done as a laparoscopic procedure and involves a lower chance of complications due to an open surgery procedure.

Having been around the longest, gastric bypass is the most studied with the most outcomes to review. It has been the most successful in both the amount of weight lost as well as resolving health issues such as Type 2 Diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, sleep apnea and back pain.

In this procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch and then constructs a "bypass" for food. The bypass allows food to skip parts of the small intestine. By skipping a large part of the small intestine, the body cannot absorb as many calories or nutrients.

This procedure is permanent and nonreversible.

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