Obesity's Connection to Cancer

Globally, about 30% of the populace is either overweight or obese, according to the National Institutes of Health this statistic is higher in the U.S. at about 35.7% of adults being obese.   Obesity is diagnosed when your Body Mass Index (BMI) is higher than 30.  Obesity has been cited as one of the major contributors of death at roughly 5% of deaths each year1.  In one recent report obesity is driving an estimated half a million cancer cases annually 2-3.  Two-thirds of obesity-related cancers including colon, rectum, ovary and endometrial cancers occur in North America and Europe.  Women have the highest risk factor and are developing obesity-driven cancers almost twice as often as their male counterparts4.  If this trend marches on the experts think that roughly 50% the world's population will be overweight or obese by the year 20305.  


The Obesity - Cancer Connection

It can be said that eating habits around the globe help illustrate the obesity-cancer connection.  Developed countries where people are eating a lot of processed food have higher cancer rates than in developing countries where the available food is less processed and have lower rates of cancer.  Today, 8% of cancer patients in developed countries are obese women , while only 1.5% of cancer patients from developing countries are obese women.  Approximately 3% of the cancer patient population from developed countries are obese men, and from developing countries the number is about 0.3%.

Costs attributed

When you take into consideration the cost of healthcare, the days from work lost and the general lowered levels of productivity then about $2 trillion every year is being lost to the obesity epidemic.  These figures are pretty close to the costs incurred caring for smokers around the globe and also the amount spent on preventing global terrorism and for fighting wars.  It has been predicted that if people start becoming more aware of the dangers of processed foods and avoiding them, improving their lifestyle, stopping smoking, that the savings made by the developed countries would be tremendous. 

What can you do now?

If you want to join in and fight against obesity, begin by using non-processed food and make meals instead of buying prepackaged meals, consume more organic items wherever possible.  Clean eating results in reduced pesticides and chemicals into our ecosystems and our bodies.  Additionally you could aim to reduce and eliminate the amount of genetically engineered food you consume.

Eating healthy fats is also encouraged and having the right amount is a requirement.  Many people tend to only eat about half to three-quarters of the generally advised amount.  healthy fats can be found in organic eggs, avocado, seeds, nuts, and coconut oil as well as grass-fed meat and wild-caught cold water fish.  The distinction of grass-fed and wild-caught here is important as they are not generally pesticide laden, filled with hormones and antibiotics and other drugs therefore reducing the obesity risk.   Two important supplement options exist here also:

1.  Omega-3 obtained through fish-oil capsules has been shown to reduce inflammation.

2.  Gut flora support: (Bio-dophilus or S. Boulardii) may be helpful in your body's response to inflammation as well as providing a better elimination cycle thus maintaining a healthy system.

No discussion of obesity and cancer would be complete if exercise and Vitamin D weren't mentioned.

Exercise has been shown to lower insulin levels which consequently promotes weight loss.  A good exercise regimen should include cardiovascular, strength and balance and flexibility training.

There is much evidence in the scientific literature regarding vitamin D levels and how when optimal, may contribute to the rest of your blood values achieving or maintaining optimal status.  A quick internet search regarding obesity and vitamin D yields over 6 million results in a second so there is plenty to read and research on this subject!

Getting Tested

In conclusion, our goal at Essential Health Solutions is to help people live their lives in the healthiest way possible.  If it is been awhile since you had blood testing done, maybe it's time we check your scoreboard.  By testing a comprehensive blood panel and hair tissue mineral analysis, we are able to determine other necessary vitamins and minerals you may need to optimize your health.  Get tested today to find out where you start and to know exactly what to do and what to take for better health!




1. McKinsey.com  November 2014

2. Lancet Oncology November 26, 2014

3  Web MD November 26, 2014

4  Mail Online November 25, 2014

5  Mercola.com  January, 2015




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