Following an extensive review of more than 200 studies, researchers are concluding that being overweight can increase the risk of developing 11 different types of cancer.
These cancers include colon, rectum, endometrium, breast, ovary, kidney, pancreas, gastric cardia, biliary tract system, and certain cancers of the esophagus and bone marrow.
The published study in the British Medical Journal also shows, by 2035, nearly 75 percent of individuals are expected to be overweight or obese.
Marc Gunter, a co-author of the research from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, gave his opinion on the issue to The Guardian:
“I think now the public and physicians really need to pay attention to obesity with respect to cancer. Telling people to avoid being overweight not only reduces their risk of, say, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, it also reduces their risk of many different cancers.”
Around 95 of the 200 studies hold credible weight in developing a correlation between excess body fat and an increased risk of developing cancer.
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In a comment about the conducted research, Dr. Rachel Orritt of Cancer Research UK stated, “This research uses very strict criteria to evaluate the evidence and confirms that obesity increases the risk of cancer, linking many of the same cancer types that have been linked before.”
“Less than half the population realize that being obese increases the risk of cancer and, with almost two-thirds of adults carrying excess weight, this is worrying,” mentioned Dr. Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, in the journalistic review.
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