Obesity has often been linked to many lifestyle diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular problems but now researchers say it can even cause cancer.
Researchers say a recent study has discovered strong relation between obesity and cancer, indicating that more body weight can lead to ten cancers every year.
The study was conducted on more than five million British adults to establish the association between obesity and high risk of cancer.
The cases of obesity are rising unabatedly and have emerged as the biggest health problem in few years, thanks to bad lifestyle and tough working schedules.
“Our results show that if these trends continue, we can also expect to see substantially more cancers as a result,” said study lead author Dr. Krishnan Bhaskaran from the National Institute of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
For the study, the study investigators calculated the body mass index (BMI) of 1, 66,955 people while considering factors like sex and menopausal status among female participants.
The researchers found that a shocking 17 specific types of cancer out of the total 22 were associated to obesity. They further say participants with a high BMI suffered higher risk of developing cancer of breast, liver, gallbladder, kidney, thyroid, cervix, ovaries, colon or leukemia.
The study found that 10 percent of all kidney, liver, gallbladder and colon cancers could be attributed to obesity. Moreover, excess weight can lead to a whopping 41 percent of uterine cancers.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 36 percent of people are now considered obese in the US.
The number of cancer cases is rising at a rapid rate and the problem of obesity is expected to put about 3,500 people at high risk of cancer every year.
Obesity has become a common problem these days. The poor lifestyle and bad eating habits are the prime reasons for weight gain. Hence, health experts recommend exercise or some amount of physical activity to remain fit.
A study was published in the journal The Lancet.