Obesity = Cancer

Cancer cases are now rising at such a rate that the disease poses a threat to humanity comparable to climate change.

  • So what?… you don’t smoke, live under power lines or work at a nuclear power plant.

That may be true, but you haven’t seen your toes in years, and according to a report co-published by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, a third of cancers are caused by diet and lack of exercise.

gut Obesity = Cancer

And if that wasn’t bad enough, according to the new WCRF/AICR report:

  • About seven million people die from cancer worldwide each year.
  • That number is expected to rise to more than 10 million by 2020.
  • The estimated number of new cases annually is set to increase from 10 million now to 16 million by 2020.
  • Overall the toll is predicted to double in the next 40 years.

Because of these facts, the WCRF/AICR has identified global obesity as it’s primary target in their war against cancer.

According to British researcher Sir Michael Marmot,

“When we look at what’s happened to obesity levels in this country(England), it’s growing at an alarming rate. Anybody looking at the evidence would say there must be social and economic causes of that. It can’t be that 20 million people individually said, ‘I’ll think I’ll get fat.’”

Marmot acknowledged the extra challenge posed by the recession, which has led to booming sales for fast food chains. “It is going to be difficult, but in a way it’s even more urgent to ask what needs to be done, because if you do nothing and the recession forces people into cheaper, unhealthier options, that only highlights that the unhealthy options tend to be the cheaper ones.”

fat kid Obesity = Cancer

WCRF/AICR is calling on individuals to take responsibility for themselves and their children, while stressing the need for action from governments, multinational corporations, civil society, industry, workplaces, schools, the media and health professionals. Marmot cited the provision of cycle lanes, gyms and swimming pools as measures encouraging people to exercise. He welcomed the congestion charge in London as having prompted more people to cycle to work.

bike lane Obesity = Cancer

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Marmot, who is also chair of the World Health Organisation’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health, is braced for the charge that he is advocating a nanny state approach.

He cited two examples of communicable diseases, smallpox and water-borne diseases, which collective social action have largely eliminated. “We didn’t say at the time, ‘Oh, this is the nanny state providing clean water for people – people should decide for themselves whether they want to drink water with cholera in.’ Nobody would say that today. Diet is a bit more complicated but we want the availability of a nutritious supply of food.”

Obesity has social and economic causes, he added, and therefore social and economic solutions. “We’re worried in this country, but it’s also Egypt, Mexico, Brazil, middle-income countries. In Egypt two thirds of women are overweight or obese. Mexico has frightening levels of obesity in middle-class kids … they’ve gone from fajitas to fast food, with nothing in between.”

Hmmmm…fast food causing obesity.

What to do, what to do???

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Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, a social media nerd and a student of nutrition and exercise science. Since 2008, Doug has brought his real-world experience online via his health & fitness blog, Health Habits.

11 Comments

  1. matt fillip

    October 7, 2012 at 5:04 am

    may god help these people… thats true obesity is a cancer,
    but u have to stop eating like animal.
    cuz it will hurt you.
    i suggest to not using fast food which proteins and vitamins are less. carbon hydrates and fats will make u fat
    be aware…

  2. whatever

    November 6, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I call bullshit. Everything causes cancer now, so big deal?

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  5. doc

    June 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    It used to be that world had more undernourished than overnourished people. It is the opposite now!

    • Vanessa

      October 6, 2012 at 3:09 am

      Whatever, this bullshit as you call it is true. Bad habits, such as eating unhealthy foods and avoiding physical activity, puts a person at greater risk in developing diseases, such as diabetes and coronary disease. So I wouldn’t be surprise that obesity could also lead to cancer. But of course, it doesn’t mean lean and fit people don’t get cancer. Like Armstrong, who only has one ball now.

    • Ness

      October 6, 2012 at 3:11 am

      But oy, it’s possible to eat a lot of shit and still be considered undernourished.

  6. healthhabits

    November 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm

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  8. Tom Rooney

    February 24, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I think choices are causing obesity. It’s the old adage “you can lead a horse to water, but can’t make him drink”. The information is there along with a resounding fast food is bad for you, but the level of eating rises. As a species we are proving that we have no ability to control free will.

  9. McBloggenstein

    February 23, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I wanted to choose all of the choices on your poll.

    It seemed really weird to me that Egyptian women are fat. I forget sometimes that people are getting fat everywhere.

    Good post.

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