Is Weight Gain After Smoking Cessation Inevitable?

Gerald W. Talcott, Edna R. Fiedler, Randy W. Pascale, Robert C. Klesges, Alan L. Peterson, Ronald S. Johnson

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Weight gain after smoking cessation was studied in a naturalistic setting where (1) all smokers quit and (b) risk factors for postcessation weight gain were modified. Participants were 332 military recruits (227 men, 105 women), 86 of whom were smokers who quit during 6 weeks of basic training. Results showed no significant weight changes for smokers who quit. Pretest smoking rates and feat of weight gain were unrelated to changes in weight. Results suggest that an intensive program that limits access to alcohol and foods that are high in fat and that increases physical activity can attenuate weight gain after smoking cessation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-316
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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