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Smoking Isn't Why You're Thin

Despite smokers' protests, it turns out cigarettes might not be the weight-loss solution people think they are.

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If you're willing to put aside the cancer and emphysema and be a smoker, your last excuse might have just gone up in smoke. Smokers often claim that their habit serves as an appetite suppressant. They may be risking disease later in life, but at least they're preventing obesity today. But that contention has just been disproved. For the most part, smokers are actually more overweight than non-smokers.

The study looked at 6,000 smokers and non-smokers, comparing their body-mass index (BMI, a ratio of height to weight) and their waist-hip ratio (WHR). Lo and behold, the smokers were not the waifish models one has come to expect. Rather, both male and female smokers had higher WHR and male smokers had higher BMIs.

Could this mean that overweight people are simply more likely to smoke? Possibly, though during the course of the study, female smokers' WHR increased, while female non-smokers stayed the same. It's enough to poke holes in smokers' last hiding place. There is nothing good to come from smoking, and the medical costs associated with caring for smokers affect us all.

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  • Billy Dillinger

    This has to be quite logical .. I agree with the article.. If I can quit smoking as hard as it then i also can watchy my own diet. I havn't smoked for 30 days now and I follow a fairly strict health plan, I walk 4 times a week, workout 4 times a week and try not eat after 8pm. When I get a craving for food I drink water, if I do eat between my3 to 4 small meals a day it is low in fat and calories and I also do something to BURN OFF the CALORIES.. If you can stop the smoking .. ummm.. you can also do other things to accomadate just not smoking!

  • Jeremy Williams

    Ok that's a little funny bob watson. Actually I gained a few pounds after quitting but I can't really argue with the facts stated.

  • Stuart Bogue

    Just for future reference,statistical findings are not absolutes,unless the data demonstrates a 100% occurrence.At that point,your personal experience would be a relevant factor in disputing the data. Otherwise,it means nothing whatsoever....