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Despite munchies, obesity is less common among pot smokers

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Apparently, pot smokers are more likely to look like Jay than Silent Bob. According to a new survey, people who indulge in frequent marijuana use have a lower risk for obesity. Contrary to your experiences with munchies and lethargy, here's what the survey found:

The survey showed that about 22 to 25 percent of people who don't smoke pot were obese, while 16 to 17 percent of cannabis users were obese… Obesity was less common among users who smoked pot more frequently. For instance, the [National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, a survey taken in the U.S.] showed about 14 percent of participants who used cannabis three days a week or more were obese, the researchers said. Between 0.7 and 1.8 percent of the sample smoked marijuana this frequently.

Scientists are scratching their heads over this correlation, since cannabis is notoriously known for increasing appetites. For the rest of us, however, it just means we shouldn't feel so bad next time we give in to those cravings and order a late-night pizza.