Cancer Associated with Being Overweight and Obese

It is has been known for some time that being overweight has an impact on and is related to developing conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study showing that being overweight or obese gives one a greater chance of getting 13 different types of cancer.

The CDC was able to make a statistical analysis of cancer and overweight/obesity trends between the years 2005 and 2014. Here’s what they found:

  • Being overweight or obese is associated with increased risk of 13 different types of cancer.
  • Overweight and obesity related cancer accounted for 40% of all cancers diagnosed in 2014.
  • About 55% of cancers diagnosed in women and 24% of those diagnosed in men are related to being overweight or obese.
  • The incidence of overweight and obesity related cancers increased significantly in adults during the 2005-2014 period.

The list of cancers includes cancer of: breast, colon, kidney, endometrium, thyroid, pancreas, multiple myeloma, ovary, esophagus, stomach, gallbladder and meningioma.

The definition of overweight was a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 24.9.

As part of our regular care at Team Health Care Clinic we conduct an evaluation of body composition, including BMI. Our providers educate patients and work with them to incorporate healthy diets into their lifestyles. Of particular usefulness when it comes to weight loss is the Transformation 360 diet. It a guided diet that includes nutrient supplementation and will get someone into ketosis. Ketosis is the state of burning fat and not carbohydrates for energy. It is an effective and safe way to lose weight.

Maintaining the proper weight is critical for maintaining good health. If you are stuck or don’t know what to do about your diet, contact us. We are proud to offer safe and effective weight loss options to patients in Champlin, Coon Rapids, Anoka, Maple Grove and surrounding communities.

Tim Bertsch, DC

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