What are the numbers?
- A body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 30 kg/m2 defines overweight
- A BMI greater than 30 kg/m2 defines obesity
- The number of overweight and obese individuals in the U.S. has consistently increased over the past 50 years
- The latest data shows 75% of adults and 33% of children are considered overweight or obese
- SEER Epidemiology data suggest that each 5-point increase in BMI results in an increased risk of developing cancer that ranges from 13% to 60% depending on cancer type
What cancer type and what may be the mechanism?
- Esophageal, colorectal, pancreatic, kidney cell, postmenopausal breast and endometrial cancers
- weight-associated changes in the synthesis and action of sex hormones, insulin, insulin-like growth factor and other cellular growth factors
- systematic inflammation, oxidative stress and altered immune response
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