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Average weight gain after a person stops smoking: 11 lbs for women, 13 lbs for men
Thursday, July 15, 2010 8:54 am Email this article
The average weight gain when a person stops smoking is roughly 11 pounds for a woman of average height (5-feet-4), and 13 pounds for a man of average height (5-feet-9) according to a new study from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA.
This is more than previously reported. The reason for this is that this study looked at weight gain over a longer period of time. BMI Change
BMI increased an average of 1.94 units after smoking cessation
The average increase in body mass index (BMI) following smoking cessation was 1.94 units.
I calculated the average weight gain for men and women based on this increase in BMI.
Note: Previous studies suggest that women gain more than men with they stop smoking. However, this study did not separate men and women, therefore the numbers provided are only rough estimates.
Robb C, Huston S, Finke M. The mitigating influence of time preference on the relation between smoking and BMI scores. Int J Obes (Lond). 2008 Aug 26, published early on-line.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. C. A. Robb
Department of Consumer Sciences
University of Alabama
304 Adams Hall
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0158, USA
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