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Smoking may increase abdominal obesity

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7517.596-d (Published 15 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:596
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Smokers who believe their habit to be a way of controlling weight may have to think again. New British research shows that people who currently smoke had higher waist to hip ratios and bigger waists than former smokers and people who have never smoked (Obesity Research 2005;13:1466-75).

    The researchers, who studied data on 21 828 men and women from Norfolk aged 45 to 79, say that smoking habits seem to influence patterns of fat distribution.

    The paper says, “Although smoking is associated with lower body mass index (BMI), …

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