Correlation Between Overweight Teens & Nicotine Addiction–Fact Finding
A study conducted to determine the correlation between obese teenagers and smoking has revealed that there were greater chances of overweight or obese teens taking to regular smoking than their average weight counterparts. Amongst various studies conducted to assess the correlation between obesity and substance abuse, it was found that indeed there was a significant connection between teenagers with high BMI and smoking. The connection between nicotine addiction and obesity stood true irrespective of the socioeconomic status, parenting smoking, race and many other factors of the sample survey.
Young people smoke for a number of reasons. Peer pressure or being accepted into mainstream society is one of them and for overweight teens, fitting in is a crucial issue and hence their penchant for regular smoking. Another reason is the possibility of weight reduction. Smoking suppresses appetite and overweight teenagers take to smoking with the hope of reducing a few pounds and then become regulars.
At the same time, Cigarette companies find easy targets in teenagers and devise their advertising plans keeping them in mind. Nicotine works on the ‘pleasure’ centers of the brain and gives a relaxed feel to the smoker. Overweight teens, who, besides undergoing hormonal fluctuations are in search of an emotional crutch which they find in smoking.
In this context, parents play a crucial role by being models of positive behaviors like indulging in healthy foods, physical activities and not engaging in smoke.