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Another reason not to smoke!
Seriously if we're keeping score at this point it's gotta look something like - reasons to not smoke: a billion jillion, reasons to smoke: none - and we're not even being facetious!
A new British study has emerged that says men who start smoking before the age of eleven increase the risk of their future possible sons having obesity issues. The study, published in the European Journal of Human Genetics, was HUGE and had 9,886 fathers as participants. 3 percent of those fathers revealed they had started smoking cigarettes before the age of eleven.
As scientists studied all of the fathers' offspring, it was found that 11-and-under smoking father's sons at the ages of 13, 15, and 17 definitely had the highest body mass index (BMI) compared to the rest of the sons.
This could be really important news!
Here's what professor of genetics at University College London, Marcus Pembrey, said:
"This discovery of transgenerational effects has big implications for research into the current rise in obesity and the evaluation of preventative measures."
Although smoking rates are down in Europe and definitely in the U.S., it's estimated that nearly ONE BILLION people still smoke in the world! That's outrageous!
While the study showed that the sons of smokers who started before they were eleven definitely had the highest (BMI) compared to sons of fathers who had smoked later on or sons whose fathers didn't smoke at all - the findings did not discover similar results for the daughters. The study said:
"These boys had markedly higher levels of fat mass - ranging from an extra five kilograms (kg) to 10kg between ages 13 and 17."
One expert was optimistic about the findings, but wanted to make clear though that their study's findings are in no way fact, but rather are just indications.
Here's what human nutrition expert Graham Burdge said:
"[These studies] may potentially provide new insights into factors that may influence development of obesity in childhood. However, the findings only show associations and cannot be interpreted as indicating that paternal smoking at an early age causes obesity in their sons."
No one should smoke, but minors absolutely shouldn't smoke, and smoking before the age of eleven is just ridiculous!
However those preteens must exist somewhere out there. Otherwise these findings would have NOT been possible!