What does BMI mean?
The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measurement of the ratio between height and weight. Those with a BMI of more than 25 generally have excess body fat in addition to being overweight for their height.
The World Health Organization (WHO) uses the following definitions for the obese category:
Severely Obese = BMI 35 - 39
Morbidly Obese = BMI 40 - 50
Super Obese = BMI over 50
Why does UMP require a BMI of 40 or more as part of its criteria for coverage of bariatric surgery?
Bariatric surgery is for the morbidly obese, which is defined as having a BMI of 40-50.
What if I am in the Super Obese category (BMI greater than 50)?
You may still qualify and can apply for coverage; however, because of the increased risks involved by being in this high-risk category, you may require special expertise or other specific services.