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Eat Weight Disord. 2005 Mar;10(1):1-7.

Smoking and weight control behaviors.

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Instituto Psicosomático, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. mfacchini@movi.com.ar

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the association between weight control and tobacco use in young women.

METHODS:

Smoking status and weight and eating related issues, endorsement of the belief "smoking helps to control weight" dieting status (DEBQ-R), current and ideal weight and current height were assessed in 144 students.

RESULTS:

Smoker (S) restrained eaters (RE) scored higher on dietary restraint than nonsmoker (NS) RE. In the smoking questionnaire, S-RE selected a significantly higher number of items concerning hunger, eating and weight than S unrestrained eaters (URE). S-RE had a greater level of endorsement of the belief: "smoking helps to control weight" than NS-URE. The subjects who marked those items had significantly higher scores in the DEBQ-R and were more likely to be RE than those who marked none of them.

CONCLUSION:

Our findings suggest that among young women who smoke and diet there might be a risk group that smokes as a weight control strategy.

PMID:
15943165
DOI:
10.1007/bf03353412
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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