You are a suitable candidate if:
- your body mass index (BMI) is ≥ 35. For the Asian population a BMI ≥ 32.5 is a candidate for MBS.
- your BMI is between 30 – 34.9, and you have a metabolic disease eg diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol/ lipid, or sleep apnoea. For the Asian population, you should be offered MBS, if you have a BMI ≥ 27.5 and a metabolic disease.
In 2022, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) updated the indications for MBS. This is a major update to the 1991 National Institutes of Health guidelines for MBS (Surg Obes Relat Dis 2022;18:1345).