Smoking still more dangerous than obesity


From Slate: Even at the shallow end of the pool, smokers are at greater risk. If we limit the analysis to light tobacco users—those who consume a handful of cigarettes per day—then the relative risk of mortality turns up at 1.5, roughly the same as it would be for people with full-blown obesity. What about the folks who aren’t huge but merely overweight? CDC research suggests they have a relative risk of less than 1, in which case carrying a bit of extra weight could even provide some kind of protective effect on your health.
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