About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Smoking Will Not Make You Slim Please

by Medindia Content Team on October 29, 2007 at 12:10 PM
Font : A-A+

Smoking Will Not Make You Slim Please

Saying I smoke to remain slim is hogwash, it is generally known. Now Australian researchers have produced data to show that such excuses don't hold any water.

Professor Margaret Morris and Ms Hui Chen, from Pharmacology, School of Medical Sciences from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), found that any perceived loss of weight associated with smoking is most likely due to loss of lean body mass (muscle and internal organs) rather than loss of body fat.


Carried out in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, the study's findings have been published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The study found that even though tobacco-affected mice ate about 23 percent less, their fat levels were not significantly altered if they were consuming a high fat diet.

Further, in all animals that smoked, fat was deposited in the liver.

Professor Morris says the study shows that while smoking reduces appetite this is different from saying that cigarettes help to keep the body slim.

"If the findings can be applied to humans, and that's the first caveat, then this is very important research that shows that using smoking to suppress body weight gain is not going to be helpful," Professor Morris says.

"It is a very important health message that smoking does not lead to fat loss and continuing to smoke while eating a high fat diet is a very, very unhealthy thing to do."

Further collaborative work is examining the effects of smoking on muscle.

Source: Medindia


Recommended Reading

Latest General Health News

What Are the Consequences of Celebrities Endorsing Tobacco?
In India, youth must be aware of the diseases linked to cigarette smoking and tobacco consumption, causing a form of healthcare emergency.
 People Living Close to the Seaside Enjoy Better Health
Direct coastal access may represent a viable route to public health promotion, but the relationships of coastal living are not strongest among lower-income groups.
 Over Four Million Gardeners Place Their Hearing in Danger
New research by Tinnitus UK has found that over four million gardeners are putting their hearing capacity at risk this summer without using safety protection.
Breaking the Barrier: Unraveling Mucus Plugs to Save Lives in COPD
Mucus plugs could be targeted to help reduce fatalities from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
 Disease Modifying Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis Continue to Drive Up Healthcare Cost
The development of reliable curative therapies for multiple sclerosis could significantly reduce the economic burden of the disease on patients and wider society.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Smoking Will Not Make You Slim Please Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests