Until now, smoking seemed to be one of the most harmful things we could do to our health. However, as smoking rates decrease (yay!) and obesity rates increase (boo!), a new study found that having a high body mass index (BMI), that is 30 or higher, could become the most harmful concern, healthwise.
This is because a high BMI has been linked to an increased risk of disease and the following cancers:
- Thyroid, kidney, and colon cancers, cancer of the esophagus, multiple myeloma (a cancer of the blood cells), leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in both sexes.
- Rectal cancer and malignant melanoma (a deadly skin cancer) in men.
- And gallbladder, pancreas, endometrial, and postmenopausal breast cancers in women.
So if you're really feeling like not going to the gym today, remind yourself that a healthy body weight could be one of your best defenses against disease and cancer.