Obesity, America, Cancer discussed on Symphony Financial Group

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It's coming up pretty close to where tobacco is almost I believe the numbers forty percent of cancers may be related to obesity that's Dr Anthony Perry chief of the department of outpatient medicine it cancer treatment centers of America he's also an advocate for increasing public awareness and education about obesity and cancer risk he says the two are related and is almost everyone knows America's weight problem is getting worse that means there's an increasing percentage of the American population whose weight may raise their risk for cancer when you look at the American population large proportion of the population qualifies to be at least over weight and actually it's again forty percent or of obese meeting the criterion what we typically go by in which characterizes obesity is a body mass index of greater than thirty and so while it's not perfect measurement of a person's overall fitness it's the one that we most of us go with because it's relatively easy to determine based on what a person's weight and an overall height is however Perry says that cancer risk related to obesity is more complicated than just be MRI it also depends on the type of fat someone has primarily to the central fat it's within the abdomen that is metabolically active and when we look at what that is it's called visceral fat that's the problem it's the fact within the central abdominal cavity that does bad things they can promote its own hormonal system of regulating insulin release in pro inflammatory chemicals that are at the root of what we think may have something to do with cancer courage and reoccurrence this visceral fat is key to understanding how we can be tied to cancer risk it's the kind of fat that produces an apple shaped body and lurks near organs such as the liver and intestines people who are overweight or obese more likely to have visceral fat but it's not limited to high IBM eyes this is an association with cancer so there's not a direct causal relationship that has been proven but the linkage Israel and the issue isn't necessarily that if you're saying you're going to not get cancer because again there's a million other factors that factor into why a person gets cancer but also it's the visceral fat that specifically what we concern ourselves with in regards to cancer risk again visceral fat is what's within the abdominal cavity not necessarily the love handles that a person has obesity and the presence of visceral fat can also be linked to specific types of cancer there's a number that are associated with obesity I think the ones that we know about are primarily certain types of esophageal cancer specifically called adenocarcinoma stomach cancers colorectal cancers liver gallbladder pancreas.

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