Our expert says:
Eating Disorders Expert
First, you must understand that to qualify for bariatric (weight loss) surgery anywhere in South Africa (or, indeed, the world), you have to be Morbidly Obese, which is defined by having a Body Mass Index in excess of 40. The only exception is Obese sufferers with a Body Mass Index in excess of 35, provided there are serious medical complications associated with weight like hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (very raised cholestrol), Type 2 diabetes, or other serious life-threatening medical complications associated with weight. With your weight of 88 kilograms and being 1.63 metres tall, your Body Mass Index is 33.1, which places you within the lower Obese range, but not high enough to qualify for surgery at this point. You might be realistic about being capable of losing 20 kilograms, but I suggest that you do so by working with a registered dietician and possibly seeing a biokineticist in Durban. Do me a favour and drop me a reminder email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you some names in Durban. This would be a good place to start. Should you weight continue to increase and you have medical complications, you will soon medically qualify for bariatric surgery. Then we can talk. However, should you seek surgery through a Centre of Excellence, you will need to qualify along a number of domains (dietetically, psychiatric, etc). I will elaborate if you get there.
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