More Often in Women
It’s probably a “downer” to discuss the connection between excess body weight and cancer right in the middle of the holiday season. However, we have to face the facts. A study published last month in Lancet Oncology can’t be ignored. It stated that obesity is related to several types of cancer.
The study revealed that approximately 500,000 cases of cancer worldwide can be attributed to obesity. It’s no surprise that North America and Europe make up almost 64% of the cases. Global rates of adult obesity have been increasing as countries become developed and diets change to include more prepared and processed foods. The researchers are calling for a global focus on obesity and how it can be controlled and avoided.
Sadly, women are more prone to weight-related cancers because of their susceptibility to endometrial and post-menopausal breast cancers. Colon cancer is also weight-related in both men and women. It’s time to acknowledge the need to change our diets and sedentary lifestyles to avoid disease. Let’s make 2015 the year we turn the statistics on their heads. If you’d like help with a nutrition and/or weight loss strategy, make an appointment with one of our conveniently located primary care providers. Call: 855.385.HEAL (4325) to find an office close to you.