Smoking is injurious to your weight, warn experts

Mumbai doctors have recently completed a study titled ‘Choose Life’ that states how cigarette smoking can not only affect a person psychologically and physically but also can result in over-eating or under-eating

Smoking is injurious to your weight, warn experts

Smoking is injurious to health, is a warning that all of us have come across, at least once in our lifetime. In regards with this, city doctors have now completed a study ‘Choose Life’ released by leading pulmonologists and chest physicians from Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, the study states how cigarette smoking can not only affect a person psychologically and physically but also can result in over-eating or under-eating.

The doctors however, state that the study was majorly to find a connection between hypersensitivity and smoking but it could clearly make out that overeating and under-eating could be a consequence of smoking.

“It is true that smoking does cause more appetite or for some people it may result in loss of appetite, however we must know that this is a part of the larger study and not specifically to say that this shall stand true for everybody,” said Dr Prashant Chhajed, part of the team who conducted the study and a leading pulmonologist from Nanavati Hospital.

“I have seen a lot of patients who are smokers and they do have an obesity problem,” added Dr Chhajed.

Dr Zamurrud Patel, Dietician, Global Hospitals, Mumbai, said that “Smoking has many short term as well as long term effects, including increasing your appetite or reducing it. It’s a form of an addiction which leads to an imbalance in the body. At times, quitting smoking caused the withdrawal symptoms that includes a sudden increase in appetite. Smoking damages people’s health in every way and individuals are likely to get affected and weaken their immune system.”

Another doctor, said that majority of smokers are obese. Dr Pradeep Shah, General Medicine Specialist from Fortis Hospital, Mulund said, “I have seen multiple patients like this. Roughly 20 per cent to 30 per cent of smokers that I meet are obese.”

Let’s take the example of Shekhar Menon (name changed) a 30-year-old working professional who came to Dr Shah complaining about chest ailments such as congestion in chest and so on. On probing further, he was identified to be a heavy smoker who was also obese. “He weighed 95 kgs and was a heavy smoker. Menon’s case is not an individual one,” added Dr Shah.

Nicotine is a dominant component of cigarettes or tobacco products and it is said to affect the appetite cycles. “It all depends on the metabolism of the individual. For some people nicotine kills their appetite while for others it tends to their increases appetite,” said Dr Aditya Agarwal, a Chest Specialist at Bhatia Hospital.