Lose weight…your health depends on it!

The list of health reasons for losing weight continues to grow. The public seems to be aware that excess weight can increase the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, but many Americans are not aware that carrying extra weight can increase the risk of developing at least 13 types of cancer.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recently reported that 12 of the 13 cancers associated with obesity increased in this country by 7% from 2005 to 2015.  The 13 cancers include thyroid, breast (in post-menopausal women), liver, kidney, uterine, ovarian, pancreatic, gallbladder, upper stomach, multiple myeloma, adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, meningioma, and colorectal.   The only cancer linked to obesity that did not show an increase was colorectal cancer.  Researchers feel that screening colonoscopies are the reason for the decline in cases of this type of cancer despite its link to obesity.  During that same timeframe, there was an 13% decrease in cancers not associated with being overweight.

Not only does obesity increase the risk of developing one of the 13 cancers, it can also decrease the effectiveness of treatment.  With two of three Americans overweight or obese, these findings are sobering. Americans must take a good look at their lifestyle and eating habits – our country is getting sicker and sicker.