Glossary


 

Bariatric

Pertaining to weight or weight reduction

Body mass index
(BMIMI)

Method of calculating degree of excess weight; based on weight and body surface area

Comorbid

Associated illnesses (e.g., arthritis, hypertension) and disabling conditions associated with
clinically severe obesity or obesity-related health conditions

Contraindications

Any symptom or circumstance indicating the inappropriateness of an otherwise advisable treatment

Dumping syndrome

Uncomfortable feeling of nausea, lightheadedness, upset stomach, and diarrhea associated with ingestion of sweets, high-calorie liquids, or dairy products

Dyspepsia

A condition characterized by chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen; commonly referred to as upset stomach or indigestion

Esophageal dysmotility

Disruptions to the normal delivery of food and saliva from the mouth to the stomach that may cause heartburn, regurgitation, cough, throat clearing, lump in the throat, and hoarseness

Hyperlipidemia

E xcessive levels of fat or fatty substances in the blood

Hypertension

High blood pressure

Laparoscopy

Method of visualizing and treating intra-abdominal problems with long fiber-optic instruments

Morbid obesity

Body mass index of 40 or more, roughly equivalent to 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight; a weight level that is life threatening