A recent study has shown that women who do not smoke are more likely to be obese than those who do. Furthermore, the study claims those non-smoking women are more likely to be obese and die of associated illnesses than those who smoke. This study was carried out with 8000 women who were recruited from 1972 to 1976. The study was led by Dr Laurence Gruer from NHS Health Scotland. The study concluded that 60% of non-smokers were overweight or obese compared with 40% of those who smoked and that the extra weight carried by the non-smokers acted as a major contributor to premature death.
It must be stressed that the researchers do not advocate smoking as a means of managing weight and that smoking does carry a “much stronger” risk factor than obesity. However, Dr Gruer said: “You can certainly assume that if you are obese, you are more likely to die of things like diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.” The research also found that as the numbers of female smokers declined, this may have impacted on obesity levels.
From my own experience, I smoked from a very young age and did not stop smoking until my eldest daughter insisted that I stop before I died of smoking related illnesses. This was about 7 years ago and I had smoked for around 15 years. I stopped that day and have not smoked since. And I never will. However, the consequence of not smoking (other than the ravages to my body after having 3 children) was that I put on a lot of weight. It is true to say that smoking does suppress the appetite as the researches found. So, what can be done if you are planning on giving up smoking?
>Avoid alcohol: Alcohol can be a trigger for smoking anyway so definitely best avoided.
>Healthy Snacks: Have planned and prepared healthy snacks.
>Exercise daily: Exercise does not have to be vigorous. A brisk walk will help you clear your head and improve your attitude.