By Eileen Bailey, Oct 25, 2023

“[I am] unsure as to why those who were underweight had a greater risk of death than those who were already overweight,” said Dr. Kecia Gaither, OB-GYN, the director of Perinatal Services/Maternal Fetal Medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx who was not involved in the study.

“A hypothesis — those who were underweight and suddenly had an increase in BMIm — perhaps had more of a ‘hit’ from the amount of inflammation which occurred — a hit where the body didn’t compensate as well — compared with those obese women whose bodies had already compensated over time with the levels of bodily fat and thus a steady state of inflammation,” Gaither told Medical News Today.

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