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Obesity and Cancer

It’s thought that more than one in 20 cancers in the UK are linked to being overweight or obese.
Research has shown that many types of cancer are more common in people who are overweight or obese, including:
• breast cancer, in women after the menopause
• bowel cancer
• womb cancer
• oesophageal (food pipe) cancer
• gastric cardia cancer (a type of stomach cancer)
• pancreatic cancer
• kidney cancer
• gallbladder cancer
• probably, aggressive prostate cancer
This list includes two of the most common types of cancer – breast and bowel cancers – and three of the hardest to treat – pancreatic, oesophageal and gallbladder cancers.

Being overweight can affect the risk of cancer because fat tissues in the body produce hormones and growth factors that can affect the way our cells work.
As a nation, we’re getting fatter
Most adults in England weigh more than is healthy:
• Nearly two thirds of men (64%) and more than half of women (57%) are either overweight or obese
• A quarter (25%) of adults are obese
And these figures are similar in the other UK nations too.

The number of overweight and obese people in the UK is increasing. A study published in the Lancet in 2011 showed that if current trends continue, by 2030 around 4 in 10 people in the UK will be obese.
Small changes can have big effects
Many people gain weight throughout their lives, often without realising it. Even small changes can result in large weight gains over time. For example, by simply eating an excess of 50 calories per day – just half a biscuit – you could gain 5½ pounds or 2½ kg over a year. So in 5 years time you could be over 2 stone or 12½ kg heavier.

The good news is that small changes to your lifestyle can lead to a reduction in body weight. The day-to-day choices we make about our lifestyle have the greatest effect on our weight.

source http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/healthyliving/obesity-bodyweight-and-cancer/%20?gclid=COi55N-ApcMCFYKWtAodlUoAtQ

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