December 2010 Issue

The Obesity-Cancer Connection

Expect to see higher rates of cancer as America packs on the pounds. Overweight and obesity come with plenty of bad news, including aches and pains and increased risks for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis and several types of cancer. If you didnít know that excess body fat is a risk factor for cancer, youíre not alone. According to a 2009 survey by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), only about half of Americans know of the relationship. Extra fat does more than make us uncomfortable and self-conscious; it is actually busy at work, generating as many as 100 substances.

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