Obesity increases the risk for cancer over time, according to a study published in PLoS Medicine. Researchers observed 73,913 participants from the Women’s Health Initiative study and tracked their weight and cancer risk. Every 10-year period of obesity during adulthood increased the risk for obesity-related cancers. Postmenopausal breast and endometrial cancer risks increased the most by up to 8 percent and 37 percent, respectively. These findings suggest weight-management as an effective form of cancer prevention.
Arnold A, Jiang L, Stefanick ML, et al. Duration of adulthood overweight, obesity, and cancer risk in the Women’s Health Initiative: a longitudinal study from the United States. PLoS Med. Published online August 16, 2016.
Nutrition Tip of the Day
Don’t go on a “Diet!” Diets are notoriously ineffective, and rarely work well in the long term. In fact, “dieting” is one of the strongest predictors for future weight gain. Instead of going on a diet, try adopting a healthier lifestyle. Focus on nourishing your body, instead of depriving it. Weight loss should follow as a natural side effect of better food choices and improved metabolic health.