Published on June 01, 2018

Weight-Loss Surgery: Sooner Rather Than Later May Be Better

Being obese is putting your health at risk.

Woman joggingAs the numbers on the scale creep higher, you wonder: Should I consider weight-loss surgery now, or should I try another diet?

A recent study suggests that having bariatric (weight-loss) surgery now rather than waiting until you’re heavier may lead to better results. The study included more than 27,000 adults who had bariatric surgery. Those who were moderately obese before their surgery were more likely to reach a body mass index (BMI) lower than 30 afterward, compared with those who started out severely obese.

BMI is a number calculated from a person’s height and weight. It’s used to estimate your body fat.

Understanding Your BMI

A BMI of 30 or more indicates obesity. Often, obesity is further divided into three categories:

BMIObesity Category
30.0-34.9 Class 1
35.0-39.9 Class 2
40.0 or more Class 3, also called severe obesity

Bariatric surgery may be an option if you have not been able to control your weight by other means and meet these criteria:

  • BMI of 40 or more, OR
  • BMI of 35 or more and a serious health problem linked to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea.

Considering Your Options

Talk with your doctor if you’re interested in weight-loss surgery. It’s never too soon to discuss your best options for reaching a healthier weight.