The more you overeat, and the further removed you become from your ideal body shape and weight, the more you risk avoidable and preventable cancers.
“The number of people who are overweight or obese is rapidly increasing both in the UK and worldwide. It is well recognised that this is likely to cause more diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Our results show that if these trends continue, we can also expect to see substantially more cancers as a result”
Dr Krishnan Bhaskaran, of LSHTM, August 2014.
This study, on over 5 million people, is an analysis of more data than any previous research has ever been able to do.
This research clearly confirms that being overweight or obese raises the risk of at least 17 specific cancer types.
This is 10 more than scientists and doctors had previously thought.
Study by Bhaskaran K, et al. (2014) “Body-mass index and risk of 22 specific cancers: a population-based cohort study of 5·24 million UK adults” from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, as published in The Lancet, DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60892-8.