You don't need a doctorate to know smoking and being overweight aren't going to help you live longer or more healthfully. But according to the British Medical Journal 80 million American adults seemingly don't realize this, and are at risk for poor health and early death. Reuters reports:
The research published in the British Medical Journal showed that 23.5 percent of adults were obese and 22.7 percent smoked.
Among people who were obese and smoked, the proportion was higher in African Americans than other racial or ethnic groups.
Research has shown that smoking is a leading cause of preventable death. It increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, respiratory problems as well as lung and other types of cancer.
Obesity raises the odds of suffering from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint problems, depression and some cancers.