One in five women aged 18-24 years Smoking, and the majority of them continue to smoke because of fear of gaining weight. However, researchers from temple University found that small trust-based discussion and support can play a big role in the decision to quit Smoking than a specially designed exercise program for weight loss.
“A large number of young women smoke in order to be thin, but we believe that, with some assistance aimed at improving women’s self-perception, can eliminate some stress factors,” – said Melissa Napolitano (Melissa Napolitano), psychologist at Centre for education and the study of overweight in temple. She and her colleagues conducted two phase study that examined the relationship between Smoking and weight women 18-24 years.
In the first phase, they collected data from a group of women who claimed that the stress of pressure from friends and weight problems were the main reasons why they smoke. Participants believed that group programs that provide ongoing social support would provide them with considerable help in getting rid of bad habits. These results were the reason for the next phase of the project, called “Get some exercise and quit Smoking”. The project involved 24 women, half of whom were engaged in activities in the group under the supervision of a specialist, and the other half were interviewed about the image of the body. All women used a nicotine patch. Eight weeks later it turned out that the group that conducted interviews, gave up Smoking twice as much women than in a group-oriented fitness (18% and 8%). Also, women from the group with psychological support lost an average of three times more weight than other participants of experiment.
“Smoking is a psychological and social problem, especially among young women,” said Napolitano. She believes that the results of her research can be the basis for more extensive work to confirm the correctness of the conclusions. “We hope to create such aid programs at universities, because we know that if young people to help make the right decisions about their health, it will help them not only become healthier, but to learn better,” said Napolitano.
The results of the study were presented at the annual conference of the Society of behavioral medicine.