FDA Panel recommends lowering BMI requirements for lap band
A few days ago, AndyJo wrote a piece on a recent attempt to lower the FDA's BMI requirement for lapbands.
Well, it succeeded (thanks for the tip-off, AndyJo). The New York Times has published an article: Panel Votes to Expand Surgery for Less Obese.
Now, lapbands are likely to be approved for people with BMIs of 35-40 who have no health problems and for people with BMIs between 30 and 35 who have high blood pressure, diabetes, or other health problems that correlate to high BMIs. From the NYT story:
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week showed that women with a B.M.I. of 30 to 35 had a 44 percent higher risk of death than women of normal weight, which is a B.M.I. under 25.
(Of course, this is the data dredge discussed in the last BFB post.)
Now men and women with BMIs under 40 may have a new way to increase their risk of death - the lapband!