Body Mass Index, shortened to 'BMI', is a way of determining whether a person is within a healthy weight range, based on a ratio of their weight against their height.
It is easy to work out your BMI - you simply divide your weight (in Kg) by your height (in metres).
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has established guidelines based on BMI, which classify a person with a BMI of over 25 as being 'overweight', and a BMI of over 30 as being 'obese'.
If your BMI is over 25, you run a greater risk of a range of medical conditions and you should visit your doctor for advice on how you can reduce your weight and maintain a healthy body weight. They will be able to run through a range of options and support programs to help you, including surgical weight loss options.
Dr Silverman also offers obligation-free appointments if you would like to learn more about surgical approaches to weight loss.