The number of incentives to maintain a healthy lifestyle continues to grow every day as more and more studies focus on the drawbacks of being overweight. Obesity is already reputed to increase the risk of mortality, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and deal permanent damage to the muscular system and to the bones themselves.
New studies have brought conclusive evidence that being overweight can actually lead to more types of cancer than initially believed.
Previous research was linking excess body weight to an increased risk of developing colon, kidney, esophagus cancer overall, with postmenstrual overweight women also incurring a risk of developing breast and/or uterus cancer.
Following the new studies, obesity was conclusively linked to a higher risk of developing cancer which can affect the bloodstream, brain, gall bladder, liver, ovary, pancreas, stomach, and thyroid.
The international study included over 1,000 overweight subjects who met the weight and physical condition criteria which placed them at a high risk of developing one of the initial types of cancer.
The Link Between Being Overweight and Cancer
Apart from the direct physical downsides of being overweight, researchers have demonstrated that the excess pounds have a high chance of affecting the neurology of a person. Obesity causes several hormonal imbalances which, when coupled with low physical activity, also contribute to the faulty development of cells within the body.
The medical world has been pushing efforts to raise awareness against obesity for decades. However, the world generally paid no mind to the warnings.
Presently, obesity has been nominated as the topmost cause of death in the United States, with smoking being a far second. Even so, the overall recorded number of medical cases with overweight people continues to rise, albeit at a slower pace than a decade ago.
Public health officials and specialists have been struggling to develop new ways of presenting the issue to the world, as well as finding more appealing solutions for the overweight masses.
Doctors are encouraging the world to try and live a healthy lifestyle. Individuals with healthy BMIs should lead by example and when it comes to foods, people are advised to seek out healthier alternatives before resorting to fatty foods and sugary drinks.
With overweight individuals at risk of developing more than ten types of cancer, the medical world is distraught as it tries to find a better way to raise awareness.