Smoking and weight control behaviors

Eat Weight Disord. 2005 Mar;10(1):1-7. doi: 10.1007/BF03353412.


Objective: To examine the association between weight control and tobacco use in young women.

Methods: Smoking status and weight and eating related issues, endorsement of the belief "smoking helps to control weight" dieting status (DEBQ-R), current and ideal weight and current height were assessed in 144 students.

Results: Smoker (S) restrained eaters (RE) scored higher on dietary restraint than nonsmoker (NS) RE. In the smoking questionnaire, S-RE selected a significantly higher number of items concerning hunger, eating and weight than S unrestrained eaters (URE). S-RE had a greater level of endorsement of the belief: "smoking helps to control weight" than NS-URE. The subjects who marked those items had significantly higher scores in the DEBQ-R and were more likely to be RE than those who marked none of them.

Conclusion: Our findings suggest that among young women who smoke and diet there might be a risk group that smokes as a weight control strategy.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Weight*
  • Diet, Reducing / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires