Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Obesity now linked to 12 different cancers

Processed meats and too much red meat are linked to bowel and other forms of cancer.

According to the WCRF, obesity and fast food are leading factors in developing cancer.

HEALTH experts have urged people to completely cut alcohol from their diets to prevent cancer. The WCRF points out that being overweight leads to 12 types of the disease, including cancers of the bowel, gallbladder, prostate, and stomach. While smoking is still the biggest cause of cancer, WCRF says obesity will overtake it within a couple of decades in countries like the UK. Conversely, high-fiber, plant-based foods like grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables can all protect against the risk of all forms of cancer caused by meat and can even protect against breast cancer. Magdalena Taube and colleagues at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have shown that obese people who undergo stomach-shrinking bariatric surgery and lose a quarter of their weight have a dramatically decreased risk of the cancer. Meaning, your risk of cancer is increased by eating even the smallest amounts of processed meat.

"This means that for those kids that you can, in school healthcare, catch and if you can change their trajectory during puberty you can do a lot for their risk of colon cancer".

To assess the impact of this intervention on cancer outcomes, investigators merged the data from the Oslo study with data from the Cancer Registry of Norway and the Norwegian Cause of Death Registry from 1972-1973 to the end of 2015.

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WCRF also states that it is imperative for people try to keep their weight within a healthy range, and hoped that people would watch their portion sizes and read food labels.

By following avoiding processed meat, red meat, and dairy, as well as other factors like avoiding sugary drinks and large quantities of alcohol, and committing to regular exercise, the WCRF claims that one can reduce the risk of cancer by 40 percent.

"Our cancer prevention recommendations work together as a blueprint to beat cancer that people can trust, because they are based on evidence that has now proved consistent for decades", commented Dr Giota Mitrou, the WCRF's director of research funding and external relations.

"If current trends continue, overweight and obesity are likely to overtake smoking as the number one risk factor for cancer", the authors of the new plan wrote.

"It's clear we need an environment that supports and encourages healthy choices, rather than steering us towards unhealthy options with constant adverts, promotions and offers". The cornerstones of healthy living- not smoking, keeping a healthy weight, staying active and eating and drinking healthily- remain the key to cutting cancer risk. She also called on the government to act to curb junk food marketing.

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