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Cancer News: The Obesity-Cancer Link

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If you ever needed a reason to lose weight, consider this: obesity could cause cancer. Well, not in all cases, but a recently released statistic should make you step away from the refrigerator and pound the pavement instead. According to the American Institute for Cancer (AICR), more than 100,000 cases of cancer in the United States each year are linked to obesity.

That’s an amazing number, how where they able to determine it? After combining study finding from AICR research that linked diet, physical activity and fatness with cancer risk, with national surveys on obesity and cancer incidence, researchers worked out the percentage of those specific cancers that could be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight. Here are some types of cancer that could be prevented if you stayed slender:

  • Esophageal
  • Pancreatic
  • Gallbladder
  • Colon
  • Breast
  • Endometrium
  • Kidney

You’re obese if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher — something that more than 26% of Americans are. BMI is equal to weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. Nearly a third have BMIs in the 25 to 30 range, which makes them overweight. What are you? If your BMI lies in these ranges, it’s time to take control of your weight.

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2 responses to “Cancer News: The Obesity-Cancer Link”

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