If you can answer this question, then you can take the first step towards helping yourself live a better life. If you have a body mass index of 35-40, and you have health issues that are associated with carrying too much weight, then you are probably morbidly obese. Many people who are 45.4kg over their ideal weight are considered to be morbidly obese because it is a disease that can significantly increase their risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health conditions.

The good news is there are plenty of options out there. This means you can receive the help you need in order to manage your weight.

Your first point of call will be your GP. You can also discuss with a surgeon about getting the referral from your GP.

There is criteria accepted by the medical community when it comes to defining morbid obesity. You are considered morbidly obese if: you are 45.4kg over the weight you’re ideally supposed to be, and your BMI is over 40 or if your BMI is over 35 and you have various negative health effects associated with being overweight. If you believe you fit this criteria, then you should visit your doctor and speak to them about options available to you.

Obesity – It’s a condition that you develop when your body is supplied with energy from food and drink, but this energy is more than the energy your body needs for various metabolic processes and physical activity. It’s worth pointing out that obesity is a problem in Australia. In fact, of all adults aged 25 and over, 60% of them are considered obese or overweight.

Morbid Obesity – When obesity comes to a point that it increases the risk of one or more health conditions related to obesity, then obesity becomes morbid obesity. These health conditions can result in becoming physically disabled or put a person at risk of death. If someone is 45.4 KG over their ideal body weight, or if they have a BMI of 40 or higher, then they are usually considered morbidly obese.