Generally, candidates for bariatric surgery:

  • Are at least 100 pounds over their ideal body weight (BMI of 40 or higher). People who have a BMI of 35 to 40 may also be eligible if they have two or more serious health problems (such as type 2 diabetes) related to their obesity
  • Have a history of being overweight for several years
  • Have tried traditional weight loss (diet and exercise programs) but have not been successful
  • Are between the ages of 18 and 65.

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