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BMI is a useful data point for tracking your overall weight loss and is typically an important factor when insurance providers look at covering the costs of weight loss surgery.All insurance plans vary, but often individuals with one of the following may qualify
- BMI greater than 40, or more than 100 pounds overweight.
- BMI greater than 35 and at least one or more obesity related co-morbidities such as type II diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease.
Weight loss surgery is often performed for individuals with much lower BMI's as well, although insurance may not be able to cover the costs, if you have a relatively low BMI, in the 25-35 range, but are unable to lose the last couple of pounds, weight loss surgery may be an option.