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Am J Health Behav. 2011 Sep;35(5):627-36.

Relationship between smoking and obesity among women.

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Prevention Research Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN, USA. kpatel@mmc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine the relationship between smoking and weight status in adult women and whether this association differed by race.

METHODS:

The study sample consisted of 22,949 African American and 7831 white women enrolled in the Southern Community Cohort Study from 2002 to 2006.

RESULTS:

Both African American and white current smokers had decreased odds of being overweight or obese compared to normal-weight nonsmokers, and the inverse trends between current smoking and BMI held for both groups.

CONCLUSION:

A strong relationship exists between smoking and weight status, with patterns nearly identical for African Americans and white women.

PMID:
22040623
PMCID:
PMC3717966
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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