New state rankings for adult obesity leveling but still high, placing many at increased cancer risk

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A new report out today shows US adult obesity rates leveling off, yet still at least one of every four adults has obesity in almost every state. That’s a big deal for cancer risk because AICR research links obesity to eleven cancers. Aside from not smoking, getting to and staying a healthy weight is the single biggest change people can do to lower their cancer risk.

The new findings are from the 14th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America and the positive news is that obesity rates appear to be stabilizing overall. That’s a marked change from the steady growth throughout the 2000s. Last year was the first time the annual report found declines in adult obesity rates and, overtime, growth has started to slow. Read more… “New state rankings for adult obesity leveling but still high, placing many at increased cancer risk”

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    Reports highlight the lack – and cancer protective benefits – of breastfeeding

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    Only 40 percent of babies meet the global recommendations for breastfeeding, according to a report released today to mark the start of World Breastfeeding Week.

    As the analysis points out, there are many health benefits for breastfeeding – including cancer protection. AICR’s latest report found that breastfeeding lower the risk of breast cancer for mothers. Previous research suggests that babies who are breastfed are less likely to gain excess weight as they grow. Among adults, overweight and obesity increases the risk of 11 common cancers, including colorectal, ovarian and post-menopausal breast. Read more… “Reports highlight the lack – and cancer protective benefits – of breastfeeding”

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      One-third of Americans with prediabetes, new report. That also means higher risk for cancer.

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      More than a third of American adults are now living with prediabetes – with the majority unaware they have the condition – according to a new government report that can offer fresh motivation for millions to not only lower their risk of developing diabetes, but also of cancer.

      Along with a host of serious complications, having type 2 diabetes increases the risk of many cancers. Adults with diabetes have about twice the risk of developing cancers of the liver, pancreas and endometrium. There’s a clear but smaller increase in risk for colon and post-menopausal breast cancers.

      The two diseases – diabetes and cancer – share several key risk factors, including obesity and lack of physical activity. Read more… “One-third of Americans with prediabetes, new report. That also means higher risk for cancer.”

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