TEENAGE girls who perceive themselves as being overweight are more likely to take up smoking than girls who are comfortable with their self-image, according to a study in the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Researchers found that girls who used weight control behaviour, such as exercising to lose weight, skipping meals, vomiting or taking diet pills were 50 per cent more likely to smoke compared to girls who thought themselves too thin or average.

The report said health education that focuses on healthy diets and exercise may ...

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