What’s a healthy weight for women?

A woman’s weight can influence her risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and even breast cancer. It can also influence her quality of life and her socio-emotional health. But weight is just one number, and it can mean different things for different women. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, our physicians are genuinely caring individuals who will work closely with you to help you achieve your health goals. Your plan for success may include a consultation with one of our highly trained bariatric surgeons.

Figuring out your body mass index

When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear from a bariatric surgeon at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center as he explains the criteria for determining whether someone is a good candidate for weight loss surgery.

The bariatric doctor will first determine your body mass index. Your BMI is a calculation that compares your height to your weight. You can also use an online BMI calculator to figure out your number.

Evaluating your body mass index

You can compare your BMI to the ranges below.

  • Below 18.5: Underweight
  • 18.5 to 24.9: Normal weight
  • 25 to 29.9: Overweight
  • 30 and above: Obese

If your BMI indicates that you have obesity, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery, assuming that you’ve already tried multiple times to lose weight through diet and exercise. If your BMI indicates that you are overweight, consider speaking with your doctor about your lifestyle choices and medical conditions.

Understanding the limitations of the BMI chart

It’s important to keep in mind that your BMI is just one number. Your physician will take a “big picture” approach to your health by evaluating all of your vital statistics and your full health history. If you’re a muscle-bound athlete, then you could have a high BMI without being considered overweight or obese.

Identifying your health risks

Based on your BMI and other health numbers, your doctor can identify your health risks. If you are overweight or obese, and especially if you have other risk factors like a family history of certain diseases, then there may be an elevated risk of:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

Knowing your numbers is one way you can become an informed and empowered patient. Self-knowledge can help you make proactive choices that improve your overall health and quality of life.

Partner with a physician at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center to work toward your health goals. Our modern medical facility in Las Vegas offers family medicine and specialty services, like bariatrics. You can request a physician referral by calling (702) 233-5300.

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