According to many studies there is an epidemic in obesity in the United States. There are millions of Americans who are over weight and many are considered obese. Being obese has been linked to a variety of health problems and now cancer has been added to the list.
A report from the World Cancer Research Fund has found links between 12 types of cancer and being overweight.
The report points out that as of 2016 out of the world’s population, 1.97 billion adults and more than 338 million children and teens are considered to be overweight or obese. The World Cancer Research Fund was quick to point out a series of updated recommendations to help people lower weight and decrease their cancer risk, including exercise, a healthy diet, limiting consumption of red or processed meats, and cutting back on fast food or other highly processed foods.
According to Dr. Kate Allen, executive director of science and public affairs at WCRF International it is unlikely that there are no single foods or nutrients that can by themselves be the cause or completely provide protection from cancer. It is more an issue of lifestyle, patterns of diet and physical activity that combine to create a metabolic state that makes you more or less susceptible to cancer.
Some of the cancers that have been linked to obesity include endometrial, gallbladder, kidney, liver, mouth, pharynx and larynx, esophageal, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, and stomach.
Aside from the obesity being linked to cancer, the report also cited other risk factors such as drinking alcohol. Consuming two or more drinks daily can raise your risk for liver or esophageal cancers but drinking up to two a day could lower your risk for cancer.
There is now just one more reason to maintain a healthy diet and try to keep the weight down.