Smokers gain more weight after quitting than originally thought
Posted at: 07/11/2012 6:15 AM
Smokers gain about 10 pounds in the year after kick they habit -- but researchers say modest weight gain is healthier than continuing smoking.
A new study finds the amount of weight people gain when they quit is higher than they originally thought, between eight and 11 pounds after 12 months. Many smokers say weight gain is a reason they don't quit -- especially women.
However, experts say most smokers lose the weight after a few years and smoking has been proven to increase the risk of death -- while minor weight gain has not.