Smoking Can Make You Fat
Written by Stuart Stevens | Friday, 26 October 2007| There are 16 comments
At Ukmedix News we have always said the people who claim that they smoke in order not to put on weight are talking rubbish as it is a statistical fact that smokers are more likely to put on weight than non-smokers. A new survey coming into the newsroom from Australia has confirmed this once and for all.
The study that was done by a group of researchers at the University of South Wales and the University of Melbourne has seen that cigarettes can be responsible for the body actually storing an excess of fat. The research that was done using mice saw that when they were exposed to smoke from cigarettes they tended to store more fat on their bodies whether they were given a high fat feed or a low fat feed.
There are some other reasons why people who smoke tend to put on weight, such as the fact that smoking makes people lethargic and therefore less likely to get exercise, but this new research shows that smoking irrespective of diet or exercise could possibly make humans put on weight. There is definitely some truth about the fact that smokers often eat less and compensate by smoking but there is no doubt that being slightly overweight is far healthier than smoking. The researchers said that young females were the most likely to say that they could not quit smoking for fear of piling on the weight.
The research that was published by the American Journal of Physiology also included the hypothesis that people who smoke may well be losing muscle mass due to poorer arterial circulation.
When one considers the health risks of smoking the idea that you are just continuing with the habit purely to stop yourself putting on a few pounds is completely ridiculous. If you really decide to quit it is often a good idea to get exercise as this can reduce the cravings associated with the habit and also at the same time make sure that you do not put on weight should you start to eat more heavily.
Another Smoker said:
trying to quit smoker says... said:
I have smoked for 30 years and gave up a while ago.
For the past 28 years i have been overweight and then obese.
since i quit smoking my weight has dropped off me and am now feeling much healthier,less out of breath,and less fatigued, most of the time i have much more energy and find myself walking faster and doing more in general.
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