Relationship between smoking and obesity among women

Am J Health Behav. 2011 Sep;35(5):627-36. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.35.5.11.


Objectives: To examine the relationship between smoking and weight status in adult women and whether this association differed by race.

Methods: The study sample consisted of 22,949 African American and 7831 white women enrolled in the Southern Community Cohort Study from 2002 to 2006.

Results: Both African American and white current smokers had decreased odds of being overweight or obese compared to normal-weight nonsmokers, and the inverse trends between current smoking and BMI held for both groups.

Conclusion: A strong relationship exists between smoking and weight status, with patterns nearly identical for African Americans and white women.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Black or African American / psychology*
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • White People / psychology*
  • Women's Health*