The obesity-cancer connection

feet on a bathroom scale, whose reading spells out “SOS”

Approximately 25% of men and 26% of women in New Zealand are obese[i]. Although obesity has been long associated with diabetes and heart conditions, it is also increasingly linked to cancer, as recent findings have shown. Today’s post explores the implications and reasons behind the numbers.

The World Health Organisation defines obesity as having a Body Mass Index (BMI)[ii] of 30 or more[iii]. In New Zealand, approximately 25% of men and 26% of women are obese[iv]. Around the world, obesity rates have doubled since 1980[v] and, although long associated with diabetes and heart conditions, a recent report now shows a clear connection between obesity and cancer. The report, released at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago this past May 29, reveals two major findings: 1 in 5 cancer deaths is caused by obesity obesity will replace smoking as the largest preventable cause of Read more