“Abdominal obesity is linked to the development of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. All these factors lead to atherosclerosis or the hardening of the arteries leading to stroke or heart attack. However, studies show that smoking alone can lead to atherosclerosis by harming the inner lining of your blood vessels and arteries and it also increases bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowers good cholesterol (HDL). Patients under 50 years old who suffer from heart attacks are smokers. Therefore, even if you lose that weight you are in no better condition if you have not quit smoking yet. Nevertheless, studies also show that those who quit smoking may gain extra pounds in a few months but can lose them all after six months, and are guaranteed to look, feel and smell a lot better than before.”
A whole new world of possibility opens out before you, and somehow, life doesn’t seem so bleak anymore. You don’t get asked what age you are going into the cinema! Your mother doesn’t wait until you’ve gone to bed to watch the video she’s hired out – unless of course it’s an “adult” movie of the coloured kind that you don’t really want to watch anyway. And definitely not with your parents! Another advantage is the summer job which provides money, but more importantly, independence. I personally HATE having to ask my parents for money, and if I do, I have to tell them what it’s for. When you’ve got your own money, you can do what you like with it and are answerable to no-one.
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