It is commonly thought that smoking inhibits eating and is therefore used by some to control their weight. But research at the Oregon Research Institute has shown this to be wrong.
The research, published in the journal Appetite, shows that the average weight gain was three times that of non smokers. Four hundred young women were surveyed over a period of two years. The non smokers gained an average of two pounds, the smokers gained an average of six pounds.
Now, whilst it is true that, once people have stopped, their taste buds improve from the damage that smoking inflicts. So eating becomes more pleasurable - and this can lead to weight gain. And some people substitute eating sweets for smoking. But this new evidence seems to suggest that smokers are just as likely to snack as non smokers.
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