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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.