Pot Smokers Less Likely to Be Obese
Maybe the munchies aren't so bad for you...
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2011 7:46 AM CDT
Despite the study's findings, a researcher says, pot use is not recommended as a way of losing weight.   (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

(Newser) – Marijuana users are less likely to be obese, according to a new study that would seem to fly in the face of the legendary munchies that are almost synonymous with pot. Researchers were so surprised by the results that they examined a second sample, only to come up with the same findings. Ultimately, the researchers used two national surveys involving a total of 50,000 people to come up with their results, LiveScience reports.

The study found that while 22% to 25% of non-tokers were obese, just 16% to 17% of those who self-reported using cannabis were obese. And obesity became less common the more frequently cannabis was used: Of those who used marijuana at least three days a week, just 14% were obese. The reason for the link is not clear. “I would be surprised that cannabis use is associated with a higher rate of physical activity, but this cannot be ruled out,” says one researcher, who notes that despite the results, marijuana use is not recommended as a weight-loss aid.

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Sep 9, 2011 3:13 AM CDT
My theory is that the healthy hemp oils make healthy hormones, and your body is in better balance. You are not craving fats, because you body has the kind of fats it needs. The decrease in stress that weed brings means that you are not producing cortisol, which causes abdominal fat storage.
Sep 8, 2011 10:48 PM CDT
Maybe paranoia burns calories?
Sep 8, 2011 8:59 AM CDT
In another article in Newser today, Weight Watchers is cited as being successful in weight loss when compared to usual medically prescribed diets. Here we learn that occasional use of marijuana is also successful. I'm leaving Weight Watchers and will begin toking to achieve my weight goal. It's far more fun and gives me a mental escape while trying not to put on pounds.