Smoking initiation and cessation in relation to body fat distribution based on data from a study of Swedish women

Am J Public Health. 1992 Feb;82(2):273-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.82.2.273.


In a representative sample of Swedish women, smokers were significantly less obese than nonsmokers. However, a smoker was likely to have significantly more upper-body fat than a nonsmoker of similar body mass index. Women who quit smoking experienced less upper-body fat deposition than would be expected by their accompanying weight gain, suggesting that weight gained as a consequence of smoking cessation is not preferentially deposited in the region associated with increased cardiovascular risk.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Body Composition*
  • Body Mass Index*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Obesity / diagnosis
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology*
  • Sweden / epidemiology
  • Weight Loss