If you think obesity should be taking for granted then you need to have a serious rethink.
“That obesity and overweight are affecting cancers may be surprising to many Americans. The awareness of some cancers being associated with obesity and overweight is not yet widespread,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC deputy director, said during a midday media briefing.
The 13 cancers include: brain cancer; multiple myeloma; cancer of the esophagus; postmenopausal breast cancer; cancers of the thyroid, gallbladder, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, ovaries, uterus and colon, the researchers said.
If I were you, I would take my weight loss goals seriously.
Speaking at the news conference, Dr. Lisa Richardson, director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, said early evidence indicates that losing weight can lower the risk for some cancers.
Dr. Farhad Islami is strategic director of cancer surveillance research for the American Cancer Society.
He said it’s “important to note that only a fraction of the cancers included in the calculation in this report are actually caused by excess body weight.”
Published online Oct. 3 in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.