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Under 18.5 Underweight
18.5- 24.9 Normal
25 - 29.9 Overweight
30 - 34.9 Obese
35 - 39.9 Clinically Obese
40 or greater Morbidly Obese

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a general indicator of whether or not you are maintaining a healthy weight based on the ratio of your weight to your height. It’s an imperfect scale as it doesn't account for differences in body types. For example, a 5 foot 9 inch bodybuilder who weighs 215 pounds and has a 6% body fat would be labeled obese. And there is already a new scale just for people from Southeast Asia where the ranges are lowered.

While it can be a good indicator of the healthiness of your weight if you fall within certain statistical norms that were used to develop it, it should be taken with a significant grain of salt and should not be used as a substitute for a professional evaluation of your health by a doctor.

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Center for Weight Management
Two locations:

20 Research Place
North Chelmsford, MA 01863

203 Turnpike Street
2nd Floor
North Andover, MA 01845

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Phone: 978-788-7200
TTY: 978-937-6889
Phone: 877-LGH-WELL

Pre-Surgical Support

Bariatric Surgery: How pre-surgical support makes a difference

With Nari Sabeti, MD, Lowell Surgical Associates

There’s more to successful bariatric surgery than the procedure itself. Ensuring that patients are truly ready to undertake life-changing weight loss surgery is an integral part of the process – and it makes a tremendous difference in patients’ experience and outcomes. That’s why Lowell General’s Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery has committed extensive resources to pre-operative patient education and support.

Nari Sabeti, MD“It’s important for patients to know they’re not alone in this life-altering process,” says Nari Sabeti, MD, a fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon who is the newest member of the Center’s multidisciplinary team. “I’ve been very impressed by the comprehensiveness of the support services available at the Center and how their effectiveness helps patients achieve their goals.”

These resources include Peggy Huddleston’s “Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster” workshop that teaches mind-body techniques not only shown to reduce anxiety before surgery but also help patients use 23-50% less medication and recover faster. A series of free pre-op support group meetings is offered to help patients learn what to expect from surgery and achieve the best possible outcomes by sharing with one another and hearing from experts. These sessions cover nutrition, vitamins, exercise, reading food labels, journaling and holiday eating.

The Center’s surgeons have performed over 2,000 successful weight-loss surgeries since the Center opened at Lowell General in 2006 (over 400 in 2010 alone), and Dr. Sabeti credits the team’s comprehensive approach with this outstanding track record.

“An informed patient is an empowered patient, and the Center is committed to giving patients all the information and support they need to succeed,” she adds.

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