Pre­pare for a pot­belly if you smoke like a chim­ney

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Do you have a fat belly? Then stop smok­ing.

Univer­sity of Glas­gow re­searchers found that heavy smok­ers are more likely to de­velop flab around their mid­dles. Although smok­ers gen­er­ally tend to be a bit thin­ner than non­smok­ers, smok­ing pushes their fat into cen­tral ar­eas and they de­velop “pot­bel­lies”.

Bri­tain’s In­de­pen­dent news­pa­per re­ported that sci­en­tists an­a­lysed 29 stud­ies in­volv­ing al­most 150 000 par­tic­i­pants con­tain­ing data on their smok­ing habits, weight and waist mea­sure­ments. Re­sults showed a ge­netic vari­a­tion in some smok­ers, which led to them de­vel­op­ing un­healthy, ap­ple-shaped bod­ies. This pre­dis­posed them to dis­eases like di­a­betes.

Co-leader of the study Pro­fes­sor Naveed Sat­tar said: “While smok­ing lessens weight over­all, it tends to push fat more into the cen­tral area, so waist cir­cum­fer­ence is pref­er­en­tially higher.

“When smok­ers put on weight, they will show big­ger tum­mies for the same weight gain than non­smok­ers and this may also be linked to their greater risk for di­a­betes,”

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