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“Obesity: Is There A Link To Cancer ? “

The global prevalence of obesity in adults has doubled since 1980.  Nearly 30% of the global population is obese or overweight.  If the trend continues, nearly half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030.  Worldwide, obesity is responsible for about 5% of all deaths each year.  The global cost of obesity is $2 trillion annually, compared to the global cost of smoking ($2.1 trillion) and armed violence, which includes war and terrorism ($2.1 trillion).  The economic cost of obesity is very high but the cost to your health is even higher. In the U.S., childhood obesity has almost tripled since 1980 and one in five kids is now overweight by age six and seventeen percent of children and adolescents are obese.  Research has warned that obese children are at an increased risk for liver disease, high blood pressure and heart disease, just as with adults.  Research is now revealing the link between obesity and cancer. Obesity is reportedly responsible for an estimated half a million new cases of cancer worldwide yearly, which includes cancer of the colon, rectum, ovary and womb. Women are at the greatest risk and are at twice the risk as men.

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