H/T Audrey Silk for two news reports. First Healthcanal, 5 Dec 2014:
Study: Benefits for ex-smokers outweigh weight gain
A study conducted at UNMC found it’s better to be an overweight ex-smoker than a normal-weight smoker when it comes to the risk of dying.
The study, published in Tobacco Control, a British Medical Journal publication, recently was featured in a podcast. The journal is an international peer review journal covering the nature and consequences of tobacco use worldwide.
“The main message to be given to smokers is that even if they gain weight because of quitting smoking, it is still a healthier option than continuing to smoke,” said Mohammad Siahpush, Ph.D., professor in the UNMC College of Public Health and principal investigator of the study.
Weight gain is one reason some smokers continue smoking or relapse after quitting.
The objective of the study was to determine which is more detrimental — being a normal weight smoker or quitting smoking and becoming overweight or obese.
And then, just when you’ve read and digested that from the pile of dog-eared magazines in the doctor’s waiting room, you pull out another with the same date, and read therein:
Obesity ‘as bad as cigarette smoking’ for life expectancy, study says
If you haven’t yet grasped the danger of obesity, Canadian researchers have attempted to quantify it: Being obese can slash as many as eight years off your life—and leave you in ill health for up to 19 years before that death.
Researchers compiled data from roughly 4,000 people of varying body weights, then created a computer model that estimates the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease and assesses how weight affects life expectancy.
They found that severely obese men between 20 and 39 years of age lost 8.4 years of life compared to their healthy-weight counterparts. Women lost 6.1 years, the BBC reports.
Further, those men experienced 18.8 more years of ill heath; the figure for women was 19.1. Obese people could lose up to six years and people who are overweight could lose up to three years, per findings published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.
The younger the individual the worse the potential impact: Those in their 60s and 70s who are severely obese were found to have lost one year, but dealt with 7 more years of ill health.
“In terms of life-expectancy, we feel being overweight is as bad as cigarette smoking,” says lead author Dr. Steven Grover in a press release.
It’s a wonderful example of “experts” flatly contradicting each other in print, and on the very same day.
Perhaps Mohammad Siahpush and Steven Grover should just slug it out in a boxing ring over 15 rounds. It would at least be a form of entertainment. And you could place bets on it. And of course someone would end up the clear winner.
Meanwhile, is it any wonder if people pay less and less attention to these jokers.