The latest NHS statistics for UK show that 9% of boys and 12% of girls aged between 2 and 4 are obese. This percentage rises alarmingly to 25% of boys and 26% of girls aged 13 to 15. If you include statistics for childhood overweight, the percentages almost double. These trends are mirrored in childhood and adult obesity and overweight statistics for Australia, Canada and USA. The statistics also show that children follow in the heavy footsteps of obese parents.
This is a future cancer timebomb for obese children and more immediately so for their obese parents who also risk inflicting heart disease, type-2 diabetes and arthritis on themselves and on the future health of their children.
Obesity has triggered a steep rise in cancer among an ever-younger youth population. Obesity is rapidly overtaking smoking as the leading cause of cancer deaths.
Over 500,000 cancer cases worldwide are now caused each year by obesity. Excess weight is a carcinogen and the National Cancer Institute link obesity to cancers in the following parts of the body:
- Blood cells, (Multiple myeloma)
- Brain and Spinal Cord, (Meningioma)
- Breast, (postmenopausal women)
- Colon and rectum
- Upper stomach
- Uterus, (Endometrium)
However we hold the cards to reducing our own and our children’s cancer risk. We can eliminate overweight and attendant cancer risk by lifestyle choices of diet and adequate exercise.
The following dietary tips from the Australian Cancer Council help to reduce expanding waistlines from excess weight and thus limit cancer risk:
- Limit size of meal portions.
- Cut out unhealthy snacks, replacing with nuts, fruit, yoghurt or cheese.
- Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, legumes, wholegrain and high fibre foods.
- Swap sugary drinks for water.
- For breakfast add fruit and yoghurt to wholegrain cereal or add veggies to your eggs and toast.
Cancer Prevention is always better than Cancer Treatment. Treatment often entails invasive surgery, is always lengthy, debilitating and traumatic for child and parent, and for adult patients.
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Health and economic burden of the projected obesity trends in USA and UK