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Obesity Could Be Deadlier Than Smoking

Fat Worse Than Tobacco?

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.


ella1978 ella1978 9 years
I'm not a BMI beleive though. I understand what you are saying, but muscle weighs more than fat & nearly every professional athlete is "obese" according to BMI. I just can't buy into their system for being "healthy".
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Breast cancer is most definitely linked to obesity because extra fat means extra estrogen is stored in your body. Estrogen fuels the breast cancer cells and causes them to procreate. Colon cancer is also related to obesity mostly because most obese people don't typically exercise enough and don't eat enough fiber. Lack of fiber and exercise can cause chronic constipation and diverticulitis which can definitely lead to colon cancer. Eating enough fiber creates a probiotic environment for the "good" bacteria in your colon that helps maintain a healthy colon lining. Plus, fiber sort of "exfoliates" your colon to keep the lining fresh and healthy. Scary stuff...I'm really glad I don't smoke and I'm at a healthy weight.
emalove emalove 9 years
Scary, but it doesn't really surprise me.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I guess that isn't that surprising when you think about...I feel like everyday there is some new health reason on why working out is good.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Unfortunately Fit you've misstated the article - it says "British scientists who pooled data from 141 studies on 20 cancer types found a higher body mass index is associated with..." not causing. The way that study was done and who it was done for needs to be looked at objetively before its findings are accepted as true or false. And unfortunately the media doesn't do that. For this study the "researchers" looked pooled "gathered, looked specifically for and only for" post-mortems studies done by other researchers which included a patients BMI in their study. All other info from those original studies was discarded except for the info on patients who were "fat" obese and then found that they actually had another underlying cause of death other than their weight. And the researchers think there is a connection but aren't sure what it is other than the obvious - they were all fat. Additionally, the study performed by the researchers was intended to prove that excess body weight had a link to cancer. It was a skewed "study" to begin with because other factors such as genetics of the obese patient and environmental exposures were never taken into account - the researchers assumed fat=cancer when it could have been factory worker exposed to highly toxic chemicals, who was fat=cancer. But then again that would mean they would have had to done their own research and look at all the factory workers and see how many on average were dying from cancer and how many were underweight, normal weight and obese. When you're trying to publish a study based on other people's studies for someone who has something to gain financially from the study - you tend to do the least amount of work possible then release a sensational study then let others destroy it. The thing is when you look at the reasons why the deaths were misclassified or diagnosis's were missed initially causing a treatable condition to become fatal is, often obese patients go to a doctor and report a health issue and rather than doing a test to find the cause or source of the issue an obese patient is told out right by a doctor the reason you are having said pain is "YOU ARE FAT. Lose some weight and the pain will go away." far as I know cancer doesn't go away with weight loss. And I'm speaking from first hand knowledge here as well - I've had doctors tell me that my migraine were because I was obese. That the reason I have no RH factor in my blood is because I was obese. Neither was the case.
marcella marcella 9 years
That's freaking scary!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good lord...
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