- Dr Krishnan Bhaskaran PhD, Ian Douglas PhD, Harriet Forbes MSc, Prof Isabel dos-Santos-Silva PhD, Prof David A Leon PhD, Prof Liam Smeeth PhD
- August 1, 2014
Cancer Tops List of Surprising Health Problems Tied to Obesity
A new study found that 10% of all gallbladder, kidney, liver, and colon cancers could be attributed to excess weight. A whopping 41% of uterine cancers were tied to obesity.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that obesity contributes to 34,000 new cases of cancer in men and 50,000 in women each year. But if every adult reduced their BMI by 1 percent – a loss of roughly 2.2 pounds – about 100,000 new cases of cancer could be avoided, according to the agency’s website.
People are well aware of the relationship between being overweight/obese and hearty disease - but less informed on how it ups one's likelihood to get cancer. This vast, new study of 5.4 million people found that every 1-point population-wide increase in body mass index or BMI would result in 3,790 additional cancers each year. That’s worrying, considering that the average BMI in the U.S. has risen nearly 2.5 points for men and almost four points for women since 1971, according to a 2013 study.
The Lancet (medical journal)