Prepare for a potbelly if you smoke like a chimney
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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