The recently released cancer prevention report along with 10 new cancer prevention recommendations is the most comprehensive analysis of research on diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer prevention.
Last week, a few scientists on the report’s expert panel talked about what the findings really mean, for individuals and the research. The three experts presented to a packed room at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting in Boston.
AICR’s launch of Third Expert Report – Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer: A Global Perspective, came with a set of new ten Cancer Prevention Recommendations. After reviewing the vast volume of research examining the links between diet, weight and physical activity, and cancer prevention and survival, one of the recommendations from experts in the field is to be a healthy weight. It says, “Next to not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of cancer. Aim to be at the lower end of the healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) range.”
The greater the extent of overweight and obesity, the greater the risk of cancer. Obesity affects at least one-third of Americans, raising their risk for cancer. Too much body weight is linked to at least 12 types of cancer.