Don't Sweat the Small Gain
Gaining weight after kicking your smoking habit may not be such a bad thing, suggest researchers. According to a small study in Japan, those who quit smoking didn't experience an increased death risk after gaining weight. The research, presented during American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, compared deaths from all causes among 1,305 Japanese adults who quit smoking to the deaths of 2,803 Japanese smokers. Researchers found that 362 men and women had no weight gain after quitting, and 458 gained no more than 4 pounds and 6 ounces. Smokers who quit and gained no more than 4 pounds and 6 ounces had a 49 percent lower risk of death compared to smokers, and those who quit with no weight gain had a 34 percent reduced risk. Those who gained more weight had a 26 percent reduced risk.