Paper published on gender-specific association between tobacco smoking and central obesity

Apr 21, 2015 12:00 AM

A new CKB study published in PLOS ONE examines the relationship between smoking and central obesity in 0.5 million Chinese adults, a population with a low prevalence of general obesity, but a high prevalence of central obesity.

Lifestyle factors are well-known important modifiable risk factors for obesity; the association between tobacco smoking and central obesity, however, was previously under-researched in the Chinese population.  The data indicate that tobacco smoking is an important risk factor for central obesity, but the association is gender-specific and depends on the adjustment for general obesity. Read the paper here.