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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

(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.

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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. (Read more marijuana stories.)

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