EAST LANSING, Mich. – Researchers at Michigan State University have found that people who use marijuana probably weigh less compared to adults who do not use marijuana.
The study looked at people over a three-year period, and while all participants showed a gain in weight, those who used cannabis had less weight gain than those who never used it.
The study also indicated that new and persistent users are less likely to be overweight or obese in general.
"We found that users, even those who have just started, were more likely to be at a normal and healthy weight and remain at that weight," said Omayma Alshaarawy, lead author and assistant professor of family medicine. users were considered obese compared to 20% of non-users. "
The actual weight difference between users and non-users was about 2 pounds for a 5-foot, 7-inch tall person weighing 200 pounds at the start of the study.
"An average difference of 2 pounds does not look like much, but we find it in more than 30,000 people with different types of behavior and yet we get that result," said Alshaarawy.
Researchers are not sure what marijuana is affecting the weight.
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"It may be something more behavioral than someone becoming more conscious of food intake, since they worry about hunger after cannabis use and weight gain," she said. "Or it may be the very use of cannabis, which can modify the way certain cells, or receptors, respond in the body and can ultimately affect weight gain. More research needs to be done. "
Researchers have said that marijuana should not be considered as a way to maintain or lose weight.
The study was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Click here for a link to the original article.
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