Being obese drastically increases chance of cancer

Research has long supported with evidence that being overweight or obese increases your chances of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, etc. Sedentary lifestyles with poor diets has been a huge contributing factor to the increasing pandemic of obesity.

Cancer 2nd leading cause of Death in the US

After heart disease, cancer is the leading cause of death in the US (1). Although we have made many scientific advances in the medical field, cancer seems to be the most complicated and hardest to treat. The types of cancers vary drastically and it appears to affect anyone of any age.
More recent research has actually shown that cancer is more preventable than once believed. It has been found that only 5-10% of cancer can be attributed to genetic defects (2). They then found that as much as 30-35% of cancer can  be attributed to our diets. Depending on how you look at these statistics, they can actually be viewed as good news. Technically it means that close to 90% of people can change their environmental lifestyle to help prevent cancer. Although it’s nearly impossible to live a perfect lifestyle, there are major factors that can easily be avoided.

Obesity increases chance of getting cancer by up to 20%

Research has found that overweight and obese people in the United States accounted for 14 percent of all deaths from cancer (for men) and up to 20 percent (for women). This means that a vast majority of deaths related to cancer can simply be avoided by staying within a normal weight (2). What’s more amazing is that reducing your caloric intake by 36% showed a decrease in tumors (3). If you needed any more reasons to start losing weight, start considering the fact that by getting back to a normal weight you will be helping to prevent your chances of getting cancer.

 

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Sources

1) http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm

2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515569/#CR51

3) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6594701

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