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While being trim is generally good for your health, it may actually raise the risk of death after surgery, recent research suggests.

In one study, slender people with a body mass index (BMI) of 23 or less were 40 percent more likely to die within a month of a surgical procedure, compared with those who were overweight, with a BMI between 26 and 29, the researchers said.

The results held even after the researchers took into account the condition the patient had that required surgery, and the risk of death associated with that surgery.

That study is published in the March issue of the journal Archives of Surgery.

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