|Title||Smoking Cessation and Changes in Body Mass Index Among Middle Aged and Older Adults.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Gerontology: The Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society|
|Keywords||BMI, Health Shocks, Older Adults, Smoking|
OBJECTIVE: This study contributes to the body of literature examining smoking cessation and body mass index (BMI) for adults aged 50 and older.
METHOD: Utilizing the 2004 and 2010 waves of the RAND Health and Retirement Study, this analysis utilized Fixed Effects (FE) regression on a sample of 1,316 adults aged 50 and older.
RESULTS: Older adults undergo a small change in BMI after a transition from smoking to nonsmoking during a 6-year period, and this occurs after accounting for individual-level unobserved heterogeneity. More specifically, men experience a BMI gain of 1.24 (p< .01) and women experience a BMI gain of 1.58 (p< .01).
DISCUSSION: Gerontologists/health professionals can use these results to inform older adults about the potential for a small increase in BMI and, in the process, assuage any apprehensions about excessive weight gain. This insight may encourage a greater number of older adults to cease smoking.
|Alternate Journal||J Appl Gerontol|