Many people are aware that being overweight or obese is directly linked to heart disease risk. Many are not aware of the dramatic risk in cancer.
“It’s clear that carrying excess weight increases your risk of developing cancer. Keeping a healthy weight reduces cancer risk, and the best way to do this is through eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly”
Tom Stansfeld, health information officer at Cancer Research UK, August 2014.
The cancers that are now officially linked to obesity are:
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
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.