According to the statistics and information published today by Cancer Research, obesity may cause cancer (BBC 26/02/18, “Millennials ‘set to be fattest generation’. Available on line at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43195977?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c40rjmqdl3jt/obesity&link_location=live-reporting-story).
This particular cause of cancer has been researched in the past. The concern is not new. Other sources have published studies and statistics about it for a number of years. Among others, the National Cancer Institute, the Centre For Disease and Control Prevention and the US National Library of Medicine- National Institutes of Health, all have mentioned the high correlation between obesity and cancer, particularly among women.
“Weight, weight gain, and obesity account for approximately 20% of all cancer cases. Evidence on the relation of each to cancer is summarized, including esophageal, thyroid, colon, renal, liver, melanoma, multiple myeloma, rectum, gallbladder, leukemia, lymphoma, and prostate in men; and postmenopausal breast and endometrium in women.”
(Source: US national Library of Medicine, 27/05/10. Fig. 2. Estimated proportion of cancer in the U.S. that could have been avoided by changes in each category of nongenetic cancer causes.)
The symptoms of obesity are quite easy to spot. What it seems less evident to the general public is what common types of cancer can be directly linked to being over-weighted.
Being overweighed or obese has been linked to some very frequent cancers:
-Head and neck
-Endometrium (lining of the uterus)
Source: ASCO Cancer. Net Doctor-approved patient information (01/16).
The above quotations and graph are very important and relevant if we want to prevent and deal with cancer. Women and men have to become more conscientious and aware about their own responsibility in the matter. How can they avoid obesity in their children and teenagers? How can one reduce the risk of cancer for ourselves and our families? How can weight reduction help to cure and dealt with cancer if cancer is already there?
This matter needs attention. Masters Chefs like Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Rick Stein and so many others can offer a helping hand here! Joe Wicks is already on TV promoting some personalised approaches to the problem. Jamie Oliver has campaigned for years regarding the importance of good food for our children.
Could it be possible for all celebrity Chefs to openly and loudly collaborate in a clear campaign that will help the normal person in the street to avoid super-processed foods and become activists in healthy eating?
Eating in healthier manner needs creativity from the TV Chefs who visit our homes in the evenings. What can they do to deal with the problem of excess weight while providing attractive meal alternatives that are economical and easy-straight-forward to prepare for encouraging working families with shallow budgets?
I am pretty sure that initiatives like those from Wicks and Oliver will be listened to by the general public, by the supermarkets and by the companies that supply our day-to-day food. Cancer coaches can help individuals and families to start and keep track with their strategy to reduce weight.
Let us try to increase awareness and effective action oriented towards the “normal low and average income consumer” in the UK.
We are all responsible here!
= BBC 26/02/18, “Millennials ‘set to be fattest generation”. Available on line at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43195977?intlink_from_url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c40rjmqdl3jt/obesity&link_location=live-reporting-story [Downloaded on 26/02/18]
= Cancer Research (no date) Cancer Research, obesity may cause cancer. Available on-line at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/obesity-weight-and-cancer. [Downloaded on 26/02/18]
= National Cancer institute (29/04/15) Available on-line at: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/obesity [Downloaded on 26/02/18]
= Centre for Disease and Control Prevention (no date) Available on line at: https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/obesity-cancer/index.html%5BDownloaded on 26/02/18]
= US National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health. (27/05/10) Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3227989/%5BDownloaded on 26/02/18]
= ASCO Cancer. Net Doctor-approved patient information (01/16). Available on-line at: https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/prevention-and-healthy-living/obesity-and-cancer/obesity-weight-and-cancer-risk [Downloaded on 26/02/18]
= The Sun (20/02/18)”THE BODY COACH. Who is Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach? Author of Lean in 15 cookbooks, TV star and legendary fitness coach” Available on line at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/2738757/joe-wicks-the-body-coach-channel-4-lean-in/ [Downloaded on 26/02/18]
= Jamie’s Food Revolution. Join the Revolution. Available on line at: http://www.jamiesfoodrevolution.org/ [Downloaded on 26/02/18]