Carrying a few extra pounds? Well, you’d better nip that bulge in the bud before it leads to something more life threatening – like cancer!
According to research in the “Lancet Medical Journal,” being overweight and obese puts people at greater risk of developing 10 of the most common cancers.
The data gathered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of five million people -- whose health was followed for seven years -- showed that over 12,000 cases of cancer in the UK is due to people being overweight. That number is projected to increase to 3,700 more a year if people don’t get their weight under control.
The researchers found that every 28-35lbs. of extra weight an average adult gained was linked firmly and linearly to a greater risk of six cancers:
- Cancer of the uterus had the highest increased risk.
- Leukemia had the lowest rise in risk.
Also, people who had a high body mass index were also more likely to develop cancer of the liver, colon, ovaries, and post-menopausal breast cancer. Yikes!
Tom Stansfeld, at Cancer Research UK, said: "Although the relationship between cancer and obesity is complex, it is clear carrying excess weight increases your risk of developing cancer. Keeping a healthy weight reduces cancer risk and the best way to do this is through eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly."
Source: BBC News