Junk food fuels the cancer industry: New research finds diabetes and obesity cause nearly 800,000 cancers worldwide

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Rhonda Johansson
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

We need to have a discussion on how much your lifestyle affects your health. Movements regarding body positivity and self-love claim that “health [comes] at every size” (otherwise known as the HAES movement) but science constantly debunks this with evidence that proves that carrying excess fat is not compassionate to one’s self, nor at all healthy. Lifestyle-related diseases, particularly diabetes and obesity, has been shown to be responsible for the 800,000 new cases of cancer being diagnosed globally each year. This is the first time that scientists have studied the link between cancer and these two factors.

Researchers from the Imperial College London found that a rough six percent of new worldwide cancer cases reported in 2012 were caused by the combined effects of being overweight and having diabetes. Analyzing nearly 12 cancer types, the team saw that diabetes and having a high BMI were responsible for close to a million preventable cancer cases.

Carrying excess weight, however, was noted to be the more dangerous twin. Being overweight (or having a BMI higher than 25) was attributed to twice as many cancer cases as diabetes. In the studied population, having a high BMI was responsible for around four percent of all cancers whereas only two percent was attributed to diabetes alone.

Experts estimate these numbers will balloon to 30 percent in women and 20 percent in men by 2035, given current trends.

Facts beat feelings

It is difficult to talk about weight in today’s society. You always have to be careful about hurting someone’s feelings. Did you say too much? Do you sound like a bigot? These questions need to always be asked — but at what cost? The fact remains that being overweight is not healthy. Learning self-love is an excellent goal, but loving yourself means also wanting what is best for you.

That includes being in the best health.

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