A new study has found link between obesity and cancer. According to the researchers, obesity can lead to ten cancers every year.
The researchers conducted study on over five million adults in UK and found the association between obesity and high risk of cancer.
For the study, the team of researchers measured the body mass index (BMI) of 1, 66,955 people and found that out of the 22 specific cancer types, 17 were linked to obesity. While checking the BMI, the researchers also considered factors like menopausal status and sex.
People with a high BMI could raise the risk of contracting cancer of liver, leukemia, gallbladder, kidney, thyroid, cervix, ovaries, colon or breast.
Health experts say obesity has emerged as a biggest health problem in the recent times. Due to the bad lifestyle and working schedules, people worldwide are facing this problem. Besides accelerating the lifestyle diseases, obesity also lead to serious cardiovascular problems or diabetes in many overweight cases.
“Our results show that if these trends continue, we can also expect to see substantially more cancers as a result,” said Dr. Krishnan Bhaskaran, study leader at the National Institute of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Bhaskaran further said that the figures of cancer cases are increasing at a rapid rate. Obesity is likely to put nearly 3,500 people at high cancer risk every year.
Tom Stansfeld from UK’s Cancer Research said, “Although the relationship between obesity and cancer is complex, it is clear carrying excess weight increases risk of developing cancer.”
Dr. Peter Campbell from the American Cancer Society said that they have sufficient evidence suggesting obesity as an important cause of cancer deaths.
Referring to fatty or high calorie foods and soft drinks leading to obesity, “More research is not needed to justify, or even demand, policy changes aimed at checking obesity,” he said.
Health experts always recommend some amount of physical activity or exercise to remain fit and in shape. Regular exercise including cycling, brisk walking and others can help in keeping a check at unwanted fats and bad cholesterol that leads to weight gain.
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