Am I Eligible?Who qualifies for weight loss surgery?
When surgery is an option
People who are overweight and/or have a high waist circumference are at increased risk of:
- Several types of cancer
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
What’s your Body Mass Index?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a simple way to tell if you’re a healthy weight for your height. Waist measurement is a good indicator of fat around your organs. Together, these measures can give you a good idea of your health risks. To calculate your BMI:
- Weigh yourself wearing light clothes and no shoes if possible
- Have someone measure your height standing against a wall and facing straight ahead
- Check your BMI with the BMI calculator here.
You can find out which type of weight loss surgery is right for YOU by phoning us on (03) 9466 7799 to make an appointment with one of Melbourne’s leading Weight Loss Surgeon & Gut Health Researcher, Dr Arun Dhir.
What’s your waist measurement?
To measure your waist, follow 4 simple steps:
- Measure directly against your skin.
- Breathe out normally.
- Make sure the tape is snug the whole way around, without compressing the skin.
- Measure around the narrowest point of your waist, roughly in line with your belly button.
Lowest risk: below 94 cm
Increased risk: 94 – 102 cm
Highest risk: above 102 cm
Lowest risk: below 80 cm
Increased risk: 80 – 88 cm
Highest risk: above 88 cm