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Association of Smoking With Body Weight in US High School Students, 1999-2005

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Objectives: To investigate the association of current smoking with body mass index (BMI) and perceived body weight among high school students in the United States.

Methods: We analyzed data from the 1999-2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Results: Perceived body weight and BMI were associated with adolescents' current smoking. Adjusted odds ratios of current smoking for overweight and at-risk-of-overweight BMI groups continued to increase over the entire survey years. The more recent the cohort, the stronger the link of current smoking with BMI and perceived body weight.

Conclusions: The relationship between body weight and current smoking strengthened over time.

Keywords: adolescent health; body mass index; current smoking; perceived body weight

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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