EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University researchers discovered that people who use marijuana are likely to weigh less compared to adults who don't.
Those who used cannabis had less weight gain than those who had used.
The study also indicates that it is less likely to be overweight or obese, overall.
Said Omayma Alshaarawy, lead author and assistant professor of family medicine. "Only 15 percent of persistent," "We found that users, even those who started, were more likely to be at normal health and weight at that weight," users were considered obese compared to 20 percent of non-users. "
The actual weight difference between users and non-users was around 2 pounds for a 5 foot, 7 inch tall person weighing 200 pounds at the start of the study.
"An average 2-pound difference doesn't seem like much, but we found it in more than 30,000 people with different kinds of behaviors and still got this result," Alshaarawy said.
Researchers are not clear about what is about marijuana that's affecting weight.
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"It could be something that is more behavioral like someone becoming more conscious of their food intake and worry about the munchies after cannabis use and gaining weight," she said. "Or it could be cannabis use, which can modify certain cells, or receptors, responding in the body and ultimately affect weight gain. More research needs to be done. "
Researchers said 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 paper.
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