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Genetic obesity risk

Genetic obesity risk tied to smoking: study

NEW YORK: Although smoking has long been associated with being thin, a recent genetic study suggests that a tendency to have excess body fat, especially around the waist, is also tied to a person’s odds of being a smoker. The findings might indicate that extra body fat influences the likelihood of taking up smoking and how heavily a person smokes, or that the urges to overeat and to smoke may share some genetic origins, the authors note in The BMJ. “These results highlight the role of obesity in influencing smoking…