Risks of Obesity

BMI 30 IS TURNING POINT FOR INCREASED DISEASE

- Individuals with BMI>30 have a 50-100% increased risk of premature death compared to healthy weight individuals

- People with BMI>30 have increased risk of developing more than 40 diseases and conditions including:

  Type 2 diabetes
  Types of cancer
  Infertility
  Liver disease and gallbladder disease
  Orthopedic problems
  High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke


OBESITY AND CANCER

Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer found rates of several cancers linked to obesity, increased annually through 2008 

30-60% increased risk of endometrial cancer, adenocarcinoma and kidney cancer with 5-kg/m2 rise in BMI

13-18% increased risk of colorectal, pancreatic and postmenopausal breast cancer with 5-kg/m2 rise in BMI
 
30-40% increased risk of colon, postmenopausal breast cancer and endometrial cancer with lack of physical activity

Between one-quarter and one-third of these cancers in industrialized nations are linked to excess weight and lack of physical activity, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This relationship can be caused by excess fat cells that influence the body to produce more insulin associated with pathogenesis of several cancers or hormones that stimulate tumor growth