Concern about weight gain associated with quitting smoking: prevalence and association with outcome in a sample of young female smokers

J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999 Dec;67(6):1009-11. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.67.6.1009.


This study investigated the relationship between weight gain concern and outcomes of a large-scale smoking cessation study among 506 young female smokers attending Planned Parenthood clinics. Results of this prospective study did not support the clinical importance of weight gain concerns. Using an index of weight concern that was predictive in previous research, baseline weight concern was unrelated to smoking cessation efforts, whether participants made a quit attempt, reduced the number of cigarettes they smoked, or reported a change in self-efficacy for stopping smoking. Both the overall level of concern expressed in this sample of predominantly White young women and the lack of relationship between weight gain concern and smoking cessation outcomes suggest that weight gain concern may not be a critical factor for cessation programs targeting similar female smokers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Body Mass Index
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies
  • Smoking Cessation* / statistics & numerical data
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Weight Gain*