extreme obesity

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Is "extreme" obesity the same as "Morbid" obesity.

Coding Clinic indicates that a BMI of 40 and over, adult, generally corresponds with extreme obese.

Can one code to 278.01

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http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/sec12/ch156/ch156a.html?qt=obesity&alt=sh#sec12-ch156-ch156a-395

Underweight: Less than 17.9
Normal: 18 to 24.9 (18 to 22.9 for Asians)
Overweight: 25.1 to 29.9 (23 to 29.9 for Asians)
Obese, moderate: 30 to 40
Obese, severe: More than 40

Per the following website, yes:
http://www.bestinweightloss.com/obesity/morbid-obesity.html

This morbid obesity is also called by some people as clinically severe obesity or extreme obesity.

I've also saw it on 2 other sites.
 
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