Thin People May Be at Greater Risk for Post-Surgery Death, University of Virginia Study
Published: Nov 22, 2011
Thin people appear to have a higher risk of dying within 30 days of an operation than heavier people, researchers have found. The reason for the finding isn't clear, the study authors said. They set out to see what effect obesity had on survival after surgery, but instead found that the thinner a patient was, the greater the risk of death. The measurement the investigators used was body mass index (BMI), which takes into account both height and weight.