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Cancer Risk increases with Obesity – More Young Children and Adults Overweight

February 28th, 2006

Cancer Risk increases with Obesity – More Young Children and Adults Overweight

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"Obesity increases the risk of contracting cancer," said Dr. Javier Salvador, Director of the Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition at the University Hospital of the University of Navarra.

Dr. Javier said that more people are overweight than ever before.  It is found in both industrialized countries and in developing countries as well.  He points out that in Spain 15% of the population suffers from obesity and 54% are overweight.  He believes that the cause for obesity is by people eating more calories and having a sedentary lifestyle.

Dr. Javier’s concerns for Western society is a rise in infant obesity. When these obese babies grow up they will become obese adults.  There are more obese children that are developing type II diabetes at young ages.


When a person is overweight it has impact on the person’s cardiovascular health.  The excess weight can cause high blood pressure, cardiopathy (heart disease) and ischemia (lack of oxygen and nutrients being delivered to parts of the body).  Excess weight also raises the chance of getting type 2 diabetes.  The more overweight you are the more likely you will have sleep apnea and problems with joints.  It also puts a person at risk for liver problems caused by the infiltration of fat.

If you are obese and you have certain types of cancer that runs in the family, you may be more susceptible of getting cancer.  Dr Javier said that when there was a history of breast cancer in the family, the obese women were more likely to get the cancer.


A recent report in Britain warns that not enough is being down to control childhood obesity.  These researchers believe that the children could die before their parents due to health problems caused by obesity.  It is becoming important address the obesity problem.

We received this comment:

In response to your recent article entitled "Cancer Risk increases with Obesity­ More Young Children and Adults," I’d like to comment on America’s growing problem of childhood obesity, and offer some simple, sensitive, and successful solutions for families with overweight children.
We all want the best for our children, and being overweight increases their risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, asthma, stroke, and cancer. In addition, classmates’ teasing and the inability to participate in certain childhood activities can sometimes affect a child’s self-esteem.
Despite these risks, recent studies show that 16 percent of children and teenagers in the United States are overweight, with that number steadily rising. Statistics also show that if one parent is obese, there’s a 50 percent chance their children will be obese. When both parents are obese, their children’s risk of obesity rises to 80%.
The reason: children learn their eating habits—healthy or unhealthy—from their parents. Genetics play only a minor role in determining obesity.
Lifestyle is the primary culprit.
Parents, therefore, are the first line of defense against childhood obesity.
As the shoppers, buyers, and cooks, parents must commit to a healthy lifestyle and incorporate healthy habits into their home.
Persistence, patience, and participation are critical. Children usually have to be introduced to a food between 8 to 12 times before they actually start liking it. But they are far more likely to try foods they see their parents eating regularly.
That means parents must take responsibility for providing healthy food choices in the house, involving their children in nutritious decisions for meals and snacks, and making appropriate choices themselves, so they can be healthy role models for their children.
As with any safe and effective weight loss program, gradual, long-term behavior modification is the key to a child’s success. Remember, putting children on diets can interrupt their natural growth and development, often making them feel even worse about their weight, and sometimes exacerbating their poor eating habits.
Instead, children need to develop healthy eating habits over time by learning about proper portion sizes, balanced meals, and the maxim “everything in moderation.”
Exercise and activity are other important elements. Whether sports teams, playground dates, swimming lessons, or even the theater club, children should be involved in active hobbies. TV, video games, and other forms of “screen time” do not count. Furthermore, link these activities to children’s talents and interests rather than their weight, and you’ll also develop their confidence and self-esteem along the way.
The truth is, overweight children face the same misconceptions from the public as overweight adults do: he’s heavy because he’s lazy, she must eat junk food all the time, etc. These comments are unfair and untrue. For all overweight Americans (and there are quite a few of them), the proven solution is as easy—and as hard—as maintaining a healthy diet, exercise, and activity.
When taught about proper nutrition, good eating habits, and regular exercise, children can look forward to becoming healthy, active, and energetic adults. And that’s something we all want for them.
Jennifer Simmons MS, RD, LDN, CNSD
Director of Nutrition Services for L A Weight Loss Franchise Centers
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