Young female smokers more likely to become obese

December 12, 2008 9:28:46 AM PST
Girls who smoke as teenagers may pay for it later with larger waistlines. A new study from Finland finds young female smokers are more likely to experience obesity as adults.

Girls who smoke 10 cigarettes per day or more are at greatest risk.

But smoking in adolescence doesn't necessarily predict weight problems for men. Researchers believe that may be because women are more likely to smoke for weight control. And, when they quit, they start snacking at the times they used to smoke.

The study appears in the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health.