Obesity is very commonly seen in today’s times. And it is getting more and more clear that obesity is linked with cancer. Obesity present in young children and adults have an increased risk of developing cancer in their later life. Losing weight is crucial to not just controlling cancer, but also reducing morbidity and mortality. One of the most important things you can do to decrease your cancer risk is maintain a healthy weight.
There are steps you can take to prevent obesity:
Stay active. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week.
Eat a healthy diet. Fill at least 2/3rd of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, fruit, whole grains or legumes (beans and peas), and 1/3rd or less with animal protein.
Do not consume alcohol.
Get plenty of rest. Fatigue can make you want to eat more, and make unhealthy choices.
Manage your stress levels. Stress often leads to overeating.
Keep in mind: Being obese or overweight hurts your body’s ability to work well. Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to reducing your risk of getting cancer.
Being overweight or obese (very overweight) means your body has more fat compared to other tissue, such as muscle and bone. Too much extra weight raises your risk of certain types of cancer, as well as your risk for cancer coming back after treatment.
Talking with your doctor about your weight is important, and this can be hard for some people. Some feel ashamed about their weight. It can also feel overwhelming to change your behaviours, and it is not always easy to lose weight. But even small, simple changes can have a big impact on your health.
It is important to understand what doctors and researchers mean by cancer risk. Not everyone who has risk factors like being overweight or obese will develop cancer. However, knowing your cancer risk can help you make healthier choices.
Dr. Sharmin Yaqin
The Denvax Clinics & Optimum Therapeutics Pvt. Ltd.
18 Poorvi Marg, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi- 110057