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Obesity Poses a Bigger Threat to Health Than Smoking Does

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As far as vices go, smoking has always taken top honors as being the worse thing you can do to yourself. Not anymore. A new study says that obesity is becoming a bigger threat to a person's quality of life than having a cigarette habit.

The results are based on interviews conducted with 3.5 million adults in the United States from 1993-2008 — the largest ongoing health study of its kind. During the 15-year period, the proportion of smokers in the study declined by 18.5 percent, while the proportion of obese adults increased by 85 percent. The study's findings also confirm that obesity causes more illnesses than smoking and that it's a greater contributor to disease and a shorter life expectancy.

Smoking isn't off the hook, though — it's still a major health risk. The study found that there were more smoking-related deaths than those related to obesity. So while being obese will cause a host of illnesses, diseases, and a shorter life expectancy, the greater risk associated with smoking is death. Either way you look at it, it's not good.

If you find yourself in either of these high-risk categories, please use the new year as an excuse to reform your health. Here are some great tips to help you quit smoking and lose the weight and keep it off. Remember that we are totally behind you and here to help!

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lighthouselady lighthouselady 7 years
Again I can sum this up: Everything is dangerous.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
It's kind of a "pick your poison" thing...smoking will eventually give you lung or throat cancer and COPD and being obese will give you diabetes and heart disease, among other things.
katyharper katyharper 7 years
There are like 5 things that completely gross me out in that picture. Ugh.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I literally know no one who smokes any more, but I know plenty of people who would be considered obese some of whom were former smokers. I think what the study is saying is that people replace smoking with overeating and that overeating is also bad for your health not that the habits necessarily occur at the same time (even though in some cases they might).
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
As the picture shows, the two habits often go hand in hand :)
Vanonymous Vanonymous 7 years
Fit, this article is so much more informative than the ones I've seen in the past two days on this subject. CNNs article was titled "Quitting Smoking May Increase Your Risk of Type II Diabetes". As you read it, you learn that it is saying if you start eating a lot as a result of quitting, it will lead to type II diabetes. But for people who browse the headlines, it could be very misleading and damaging.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I was thinking the same thing - obesity may lead to death a little later, but the end result is the same.
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
IMO they are both equally bad. I mean doesn't obesity lead to death also, with the related health illnesses associated with obesity? *shrugs*
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