Obesity is responsible for 4% of cancers in the world, global review reveals  | Daily Mail Online

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Obesity Cancer Culprit

The obesity epidemic in the US, other Western countries and many other parts of the world may present more than heart problems. Research has linked obesity as the culprit for over 500,000 cancers around the world. 

Being overweight or obese is the culprit of four percent of cancers worldwide, a new study estimates.

Already, two thirds of Americans and more than two billion people worldwide are overweight or obese, and experts only expect those numbers to rise in the coming decades.

Poor diets abound, in the Western world especially, and ascribing to them contributes to risks not only for obesity itself but for seven of the 10 leading causes of death in the US.

Now, a global study conducted by Harvard University and Imperial College London suggests that excess body weight isn’t just a risk factor, but responsible for 544,300 cancers a year worldwide.

Previous research has found that there are 13 particular cancers that being overweight or obese raise risks of developing, and recent developments point to being overweight as a likely cause of prostate, oral and esophageal cancers.

While it did not aspire to working out the mechanism behind high body weight and cancer, the new research does describe the possibilities and presents a wide range of health and lifestyle data suggesting that obesity is causal to cancer – and why matters may only get worse.

Source: Obesity is responsible for 4% of cancers in the world, global review reveals  | Daily Mail Online

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