Marijuana Smokers Found Less Likely To Be Obese
David Fiedler | Sep 05, 2011 | Comments 3
In yet another indication that traditional stereotypes of “pot smokers” are false and discriminatory, a recent study published in the American Journal Of Epidemiology shows that cannabis users are less likely to be obese than those who don’t partake.
According to Dr. Yann Le Strat of the Louis-Mourier Hospital in France and the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the study was undertaken basically to see if the “stoner munchie” stereotype would show itself as actual weight gain and eventual obesity. Instead, as Dr. Le Strat was quoted in an MSNBC interview, they discovered:
“We found that cannabis users are less likely to be obese than non-users,” he says. “We were so surprised, we thought we had [made] a mistake…So we turned to another completely independent sample and found exactly the same association.”
The study used data mining and statistical techniques to extract results from large surveys that had been performed several years ago, rather than physically testing a small number of people, so it’s unlikely to be biased. Nevertheless, readers of The 420 Times can expect to see many instances of spin and backpedaling in the popular press as anti-marijuana forces attempt to suppress what’s sure to be dubbed “The Pot Diet”.