We’ve developed a lot of ways of talking around the fact that we’re overweight without calling ourselves “fat” or suffering with obesity.
But if you’ve got a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30, it can be a plus-sized problem… one in which you could start calling yourself, above all else, a “cancer patient.”
According to a new study, there’s not one but nearly a DOZEN cancers tied to being overweight.
In the study published in the British Medical Journal, team of British researchers wanted to see how much factors like body mass index, weight gain, and waist size had to do with causing cancer.
They looked at a LOT of info – 204 meta-analyses from 49 papers, to be exact.
When they looked specifically at body fat, they found that the risk for men increased by as much as 56 per cent (for biliary tract cancer). At minimum, the bigger fellas’ risk increased by at least 9 per cent (for rectal cancer) for every five-unit gain in BMI (measured via the metric system).
Women also faced higher risks when they gained weight – including an 11 per cent increased risk of breast cancer after menopause for every 11 pounds they packed on during their adult years.
And ladies, when your waist size creeps up, so does your cancer risk – specifically, a 21 per cent higher risk for endometrial cancer for every 0.1 increase in your waist-to-hip ratio.
The team behind the study even thinks that those are pretty conservative estimates. It’s probably actually worse.
Here are the cancers that the study found to be “strongly” tied to obesity:
1. Multiple myeloma
2. Breast (postmenopausal)
3. Gastric cardia
5. Biliary tract system (liver, gall bladder)
It’s not surprising that most of them are cancers of the digestive system. And, according to the researchers, there are probably more.
This news isn’t exactly welcome if your weight is an ongoing battle. But fortunately, your weight is one thing that you can change.
And the GOOD part about all of this is that having the RIGHT amount of body fat means a lower risk of these cancers, in most cases.
In fact, keeping excess weight at bay can be a LIFESAVER.
I’ve said this before and will say it again, a healthy diet such as the Paleo diet – where you’re cutting out processed food and sugar and opting for grass-fed meats and fresh fruits and veggies – will go a long way to bringing that weight down to the right levels.
Add at least 20 minutes of exercise in a day and you’ll be able to OBLITERATE obesity in no time.
And there won’t be ANY need for doing any more verbal tiptoeing.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Nearly a Dozen Cancers Tied to Obesity, medpagetoday.com/endocrinology/obesity/63478
Fresh evidence links adiposity with multiple cancers, bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j908
Obesity strongly linked to 11 types of cancer, foxnews.com/health/2017/03/02/obesity-strongly-linked-to-11-types-cancer.html
Does body weight affect cancer risk?, cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/diet-physical-activity/body-weight-and-cancer-risk/effects.html