It's Better to Be Obese Than a Smoker

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Registered: 01-03-2001
It's Better to Be Obese Than a Smoker
Tue, 06-04-2013 - 8:58am

According to iVillage Health, it is better to be obese than a smoker. "A new study adds to the growing body of evidence that a healthy lifestyle will not only protect your heart health but also reduce your risk of death." read more

Your thoughts?


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Registered: 07-31-2012
Wed, 06-12-2013 - 2:26am

This is a debate I've had with myself many, many times over the course of the past 4 years that I have been attempting to both quit smoking and lose weight. Both are health risks but for me smoking was the higher risk due to the lung problems I already have (asthma and left lung is damaged from a previous illness), despite also falling into the morbidly obese category.

Quit Date: May 4th, 2013
"May The Fourth Be With Me!" 

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Registered: 10-08-2002
Wed, 07-10-2013 - 12:21pm

I had to quit too...but I found that I didnt gain a lot of weight because I was keeping hard candy (sugarfree) to pop in my mouth instead of comfort food.  It all depends on what type of food we eat.  If I have a sugar addiction, then I will each sweets more instead of the hand to mouth action of smoking.  That would have been my substitute.  I was worried about gaining weight when I quit.  My dear friend just looked at me and said "Brenda, you can lose weight, but you cant grow new lungs".  That hit home.  Gave me motivation to stop smoking, and when comfortable not smoking, move to the diet stage.  I had to walk, walk, walk.  But I started enjoying it.  I am not good at doing things I need to do if I dont WANT to do it.  I had to work on self discipline...well...I still have to.  LOL   Overweight vs lung cancer or other lung problems?  My answer is what was told to me.  I can lose weight (self discipline needed) or die from a lung disease.  Maybe not today, but eventually.  My mom died from lung cancer, so I know what it looks like from the victim's side.  

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