Obesity Causes Cancer

You Could Be Obese & That Can Cause Cancer

Many people vastly under estimate just how overweight they are and we now know that obesity is linked to several cancers (just like smoking is and you surely don’t do that right?).

The chances are if you are carrying more than a couple of extra stone you are obese. Contrary to what you might have heard,  BMI is actually a valid and accurate method of seeing if you are obese (it is mostly inaccurate on athletes due to their incredible muscle development).
For example a 5ft 4 woman who is 12 and a half stone is actually obese. A man who is 5ft 10 and 15 stone is actually obese.

In both of these examples the people would be at increased risk of the following cancers (source – http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/obesity/obesity-fact-sheet)

  • Esophagus
  • Pancreas
  • Colon and rectum
  • Breast (after menopause)
  • Endometrium (lining of the uterus)
  • Kidney
  • Thyroid
  • Gallbladder

The first step is to check to see if you are obese and you can do that with this online simple calculator here – http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx

Again, losing weight to a healthy weight will reduce the risk of getting cancer (just like stopping smoking) and it is something you can do to help yourself – especially when you hire an obesity specialist like me to help you with nutrition and exercise.

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