Would You Smoke To Stay Skinny?
By Brenna Fisher |
It's a long held belief that smoking keeps people thin, but the constant barrage of information pointing out the toxins and cancerous outcomes of the habit have encouraged people to quit in droves. Could this possibly be affecting the increase in the rate of obesity?
If cigarettes suppress appetite and fewer people are using them, perhaps they're eating instead. According to a study recently published in the British Medical Journal, women who have never smoked are more likely to suffer from obesity, and, therefore, die of its associated complications. A sample of more than 8,000 women was used to compile the data. Researchers discovered that 60 percent of women non-smokers were overweight or obese versus only 40 percent of smokers. Smoking is still considered a higher health risk factor than obesity, but this information paints an interesting, interconnected picture of health.