Lower BMI is linked to a higher risk of dying after surgery

11/21/2011 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Surgical patients with a body mass index below 23.1 had a significantly higher risk of dying compared with those with a BMI of 26.3 to 29.6, according to a study in the journal Archives of Surgery. Researchers assessed 189,533 surgeries conducted in 2005 and 2006. A BMI of 20 to 25 is considered normal, and 30 is the threshold for obesity.

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