Excess Body Fat Increases Risk For 11 Cancers

by Min Chin

September 16, 2017 at 2:32 PM

An estimated 69% of Americans are currently overweight or obese and only 50% of all Americans are even aware of the obesity-cancer link. The American Institute of Cancer Research estimates that excess body fat is a cause of 132,800 U.S. cancer cases every year. After smoking, being at a healthy weight is the most important thing you can do to prevent cancer.

Overweight and obesity increase the risk for these 11 Cancers:

  • esophageal cancer
  • liver cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • stomach cancer
  • colorectal cancer
  • advanced prostate cancer
  • gallbladder cancer
  • pancreatic cancer
  • ovarian cancer
  • endometrial cancer
  • post-menopausal breast cancer

The following lifestyle modifications can help:

  • Avoid sugary drinks.
  • Fill your plate with a variety of vegetables and other plant-based foods that can help fill you up while providing nutrients. Limit consumption of energy-dense fo Limit the amount of high-fat, high-sugar foods you eat.
  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day.


    • American Institue for Cancer Research