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Relationship between smoking and obesity among women.

Patel K, Hargreaves MK, Liu J, Schlundt D, Sanderson M, Matthews CE, Dewey CM, Kenerson D, Buchowski MS, Blot WJ
Am J Health Behav. 2011 35 (5): 627-36

PMID: 22040623 · PMCID: PMC3717966 · DOI:10.5993/ajhb.35.5.11

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.

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Adult African Americans Aged Body Mass Index Cross-Sectional Studies European Continental Ancestry Group Female Humans Life Style Male Middle Aged Obesity Smoking Women's Health

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