|Title||Smoking Cessation and Changes in Body Mass Index Among Middle Aged and Older Adults.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Journal||J Appl Gerontol|
|Date Published||2018 08|
|Keywords||Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Body Mass Index, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Models, Statistical, Smoking cessation, Weight Gain|
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.
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|Alternate Journal||J Appl Gerontol|