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Morbid Obesity Criteria   Weight Loss Surgery   Patient Testimonials, Weight Loss Surgery, Shreveport Louisiana, Longview Texas

Am I A Candidate?

There are several medically accepted criteria for defining morbid obesity. You are likely morbidly obese if you are:

  • more than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight, or
  • have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40, or
  • have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 35 and are experiencing severe negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight
  • unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically supervised dieting

Even if you do not meet these above criteria, you may be eligible for weight loss surgery. In 2010, the FDA approved the Lap-Band AP® System for patient with a BMI of 30 or greater and significant co-morbidities.  To see the report – click here

Calculate Your BMI

Select your gender, and then move the red slider handles or select your height and weight to calcluate your BMI (Body Mass Index). The results of the BMI (Body Mass Index) calculations are displayed below. Note that these are approximate values, and are intended to be used only as a rough guide.

BMI (Body Mass Index) Calculator

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Weight: lbs
Ideal Weight: - lbs

What's The Next Step?

  • Register to Attend a FREE Educational Seminar with Dr. Merriman at his office  - click here for upcoming dates and to register (LINK TO SEMINARS)
  • Make an Appointment to see Dr. Merriman – If you are unable to attend a seminar, you are welcome to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Merriman. This will be a charged office visit. Call 318.222.4282 to schedule with Whitney Thomas or email her at

*Disclaimer: All weight loss claims are due to surgery. Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the surgery type and the compliance with the aftercare program.


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