A fear of weight gain is a deterrent for many people who would otherwise quit smoking, particularly women. But what if breaking a smoking habit was replaced with new, healthy habits, such as exercising for 30 minutes each day and eating fewer sugary foods? ASHES reviews a paper by Priyanka Jain and colleagues, which examined whether women who stick to a healthy diet and exercise regularly avoid most of the weight gain that typically follows from smoking cessation.
What was the research question?
How much weight will women gain on average 10 years after quitting smoking and how much less weight will they gain if they exercise and have a healthy diet?