Obesity Rates Lower in Marijuana Users

Marijuana smoking triggers the munchies. Conventional wisdom would be that marijuana users would more likely be obese or overweight than nonusers. Inuits, who were native to northern Canada, were studied as part of the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey. These people have a high obesity rate. However, Inuits who used marijuana showed reduced fat mass and lower body mass index (measure of weight to height) and insulin levels. The authors could not explain the reason why marijuana users were leaner. (Obesity, published online December 31, 2014)

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