How to treat obesity?
People fall into 3 main categories in terms of their weight. For each group, different weight loss strategies or methods are recommended:
First group (people with BMI of 18.5 to 25): If you belong to this category, you are healthy and do not need any weight loss treatment. Just keep your weight the way it is by maintaining a balanced diet and doing regular exercises.
Second group (people with BMI of 25 to 30): If you fall into this group, you are overweight, but not obese. You will be able to reach your ideal weight by changing your eating habits and increasing your physical activity, or sometimes by taking weight loss pills.
Third group (people with BMI of over 30): If your BMI is 30 or more, then you are obese and need to visit a doctor for treatment. You can be treated by different weight loss surgeries (gastric balloon, gastric band, gastric plication, gastric sleeve, (mini) gastric bypass) each of which is recommended for patients with different BMI ranges.
Obese people (BMI over 30) are further divided into 3 categories: Grade I (BMI between 30 to 35), Grade II (BMI between 35 to 40), and Grade III (BMI over 40).
What is the best weight loss surgery for me?
Based on the degree of your obesity, weight loss doctors recommend the following surgeries:
BMI between 30 to 35 (20 to 35 kg excess weight)
Men: Gastric balloon (Everything you need to know about gastric balloon)
Women: Gastric balloon, gastric band, gastric plication (Everything you need to know about gastric band), (Everything you need to know about gastric plication)
BMI between 35 to 40 (35 to 50 kg excess weight)
Men: Gastric sleeve (Everything you need to know about gastric sleeve)
Women: Gastric sleeve
BMI between 40 to 45 (50 to 65 kg excess weight)
Men: Gastric sleeve
Women: Gastric sleeve, gastric bypass (Everything you need to know about gastric bypass and mini gastric bypass)
BMI between 45 to 50 (65 to 80 kg excess weight)
Men: Gastric sleeve
Women: Gastric bypass
BMI over 50 (over 80 kg excess weight)
Men: Gastric bypass, mini gastric bypass
Women: Mini gastric bypass