Am I obese?
Obesity is generally defined as a body mass index, which is a number calculated from a person's height and weight, of 30 or more. Morbid obesity, a chronic disease affecting approximately 9 million adults in the U.S., is defined as a BMI of 40 or above - 100 pounds or more overweight.

Calculate Your BMI

Weight: lbs.
Height: Ft. In.
Body Mass Index
According to the Panel on Energy, Obesity, and Body Weight Standards published by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, your category is: 


What are my risks?
Obesity contributes to serious diseases that can cause death, also known as co-morbidities. These include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke

Obesity is also linked to cancer. Obese men are more likely than non-obese men to die from cancer of the colon, rectum or prostate, while obese women are more likely to die from cancer of the gallbladder, breast, uterus, cervix or ovaries. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer.
Other health risks linked to obesity include:

  • Gallbladder disease and gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Liver disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Reproductive problems in women, especially infertility
  • Depression

What are my weight loss options?
If you have made various attempts to lose weight, without success, and have a BMI of over 35, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. For more information or to determine if you may be a candidate, please call 518-262-0942. You will be scheduled with an appointment to enter the bariatric program

Frequently Asked Questions

These frequently asked questions refer to the United States-based generally standard and accepted practices and those specifically related to the Bariatric Center at Albany Medical Center.  Please check with your healthcare team for more information.

The PDF files below contain information about common topics and questions:

Internet Resources

These internet resources can provide additional information: