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Obesity and 10 Common Cancers

Posted on 08/20/2014

We know obesity is tied to type II diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and a host of other diseases and conditions.

It’s a fact that obesity shortens lives. What is not known exactly is how obesity is tied to certain cancers. That is, up until last week we didn’t know exactly.

According to published research last week fromThe Lancet medical journal in the United Kingdom, more than 12,000 new cases of cancer every year can be attributed to the patient being overweight or obese. This is the largest study of its kind to link weight or body mass index and cancer.

The link between obesity and cancer is somewhat complex due to the many factors that go into cancer, but what is known for sure is that carrying excess weight increases your chances of developing cancer along with other diseases and conditions.

Keeping a healthy weight is the best way to reduce your cancer risk and the best way to do so is by eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly, according to Cancer Research UK.

What was found to be true about obesity and cancer in England translates here, in the US. We need to be mindful of our weight in order to prevent diseases like cancer.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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