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Smoking-Related Weight Concerns and Obesity

Wednesday, November 7, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Differences among Normal Weight, Overweight, and Obese Smokers Using a Telephone Tobacco QuitLine.
Levine MD, Bush T, Magnusson B, Cheng Y, Chen X. Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 Oct 24. [Epub ahead of print]

This study compared weight gain concerns among normal weight, overweight, and obese callers to a quitline. Results showed that obese smokers reported significantly more concerns about post-cessation weight gain, had less confidence in their ability to maintain their weight without smoking, and were willing to tolerate less weight gain after quitting than normal weight or overweight smokers. There were also gender differences: significantly more women callers were obese (38.2% vs. 28.4%, p=0.011), and women consistently reported more concern about gaining weight after quitting than men. The authors conclude that smokers who begin cessation treatment with a BMI in the obese range may benefit from additional complementary interventions designed to address smoking-related weight concerns.

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