Bacon-lovers and booze connoisseurs, we have some terrible news: these two vices aren’t just unhealthy, they actually increase your risk of cancer.
They aren’t the only two foods that increase your risk though — the heart of the issue is obesity.
Since 1975, the rate of obesity has almost tripled worldwide. In 2016, 39% of adults 18 or older were overweight, and 13% were obese. By age 11, one out of every three children is overweight or obese.
In fact, The World Cancer Research Fund says that obesity and being overweight are projected to bump smoking from the number one risk factor for cancer if our habits don’t change.
Every ten years, The World Cancer Research Fund updates its guidelines. This time around, they collected data from a staggering 51 million people, and then revealed a “blueprint” for reducing your cancer risk.
Their report states, “Avoiding tobacco in any form, together with appropriate diet, nutrition and physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight, have the potential over time to reduce much of the global burden of cancer.”
They found that consuming alcohol and processed meats can increase your cancer risk by up to 40%.
The beloved breakfast food isn’t the only meat that raises risk. Processed meats in general are a risk, even small amounts. And red meat should be eaten in moderation.
Obesity and being overweight have been linked to at least 12 different cancers, including liver, ovary, prostate, stomach, mouth and throat, join bowel, breast, gallbladder, kidney, esophagus, pancreas and womb cancers.
Excess weight not only affects your cancer risk, but is linked to other health problems as well, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, musculoskeletal disorders, stroke, and even mental health problems.
Their report predicts that cancer cases will climb by 58% by 2035, affecting over 24 million people worldwide. Preventing obesity is key to ensuring that their prediction doesn’t become reality. They recommend that people abstain from or limit processed foods and those high in fat, starch, and sugar, and that people drink primarily water and unsweetened beverages.
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