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FACEOFF – Obesity vs. Smoking

smoking vs obesity

The scorecards have been tallied and it looks as though the knock-down drag-out boxing match between the hazards of smoking and obesity have been declared an even DRAW.  Researchers at Columbia University have analyzed the interviews of more than 3.5 million adults in the United States using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.  “The results showed that the quality-adjusted life years lost to obesity are equal to, or greater than, those lost because of smoking.”

 

Unfortunately, I think this is a trend that may continue.  However, we might be able to take a good lesson from the fight against tobacco.

 

I’ve included a copy of the article from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine

 

What are your thoughts?  What tactics worked well in curbing tobacco usage in the US and could they similarly work against the obesity epidemic?

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