Dangers of Being Overweight

The dangers of being overweight have affected both adults and children especially in the United States. Obesity and its effects which include increased risk for the more commonly diagnosed cancers have become alarming. Besides, being obese has many more harmful effects such as heart ailments and diabetes known as the silent killer.

In groceries in the U.S., you can now see the number of calories for the food you're considering of buying instead of its price. This move aims to make people become aware of the calories they consume every time they eat a certain type of food.

Various Types of Cancer: Negative Obesity Effects

1. Kidney Carcinoma

Obesity plays a big role for tumors to start growing in your kidneys particularly renal cell carcinoma.

  • if you are above the normal BMI, your dangers for renal cell carcinoma are 36% higher than someone who has normal body weight and
  • if you are obese, your risk jumps to 84%!

A high level of hormones like estrogen and androgen among obese or overweight people is seen to be the culprit.

One of the harmful side effects of being overweight is an unusually high level of hormones that stimulate the development of malignant or benign tumor.

2. Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

Esophageal adenocarcinoma is one of the rare types of tumor. But during the past few years, cases of esophageal adenocarcinoma are increasing.

The rise in the number is linked to the increasing number of people who are overweight or obese.

  • if you are overweight or obese, you face the dangers of developing tumors in your esophagus twice than someone who has normal BMI. The risk increases some more if your age is below 59.

Exposure to harmful effects of tobacco smoking is also an important risk factor for the development of esophageal tumors. If you weigh above what is normal and you smoke, you have a much higher risk.

It will be better if you decide to quit smoking as soon as possible and to start eating healthy to lose weight. Weight loss is one of the benefits of a vegetarian diet.

3. Pancreatic Cancer

One of the dangers people who are obese face is a higher risk of getting tumors in the pancreas.

If you smoke and you are overweight, you are more susceptible than someone who is obese but doesn't smoke. If you don't smoke but are constantly exposed to the effects of second hand smoke, your risk is similar to that of a smoker.

Obesity is also a reason why pancreatic cancer patients who have a BMI of over 35 are less likely to survive.

4. Colon Cancer

If you are overweight, you likely eat a lot of food that are high in saturated fats and sugar. This makes you more prone to another one of the dangers of being overweight -- developing polyps in your colon. Colon polyps are usually benign but they can turn malignant if not removed.

Cases of cancer of the colon are higher and more common among those who struggle with obesity.

If you need reasons to exercise, here are two: prevention of polyps and avoidance of dangers of being overweight.

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