Being overweight or obese is not about how you look. Being overweight and obese is about much more than vanity. Being overweight and obese is about your mortality. As physicians we often do not convey the incredible medical risks associated with carrying excess weight. The body was not designed to carry excess weight as a prime example of this is the 13 different types of cancer that occur in association with this.

In 2014, the total number of cases in the U.S. was approximately 630,000 patients that were diagnosed with a cancer associated with overweight and obesity.1 The most concerning statistic captured in this information was the rate of cancer increased by 7% between 2005 and 2014; not including colorectal cancer. Meanwhile, other cancer rates declined that were not associated with obesity.  Many people are not aware that their weight has implications upon cancer development and risk. This is partly due to lack of public awareness through a lack of national campaigns designed to spread awareness. This is also due to physicians not adequately explaining the persistent risks of excess weight.

The type of cancers include: meningioma, multiple myeloma, adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, cancers of the thyroid, postmenopausal breast, gallbladder, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, ovaries, uterus, colon and rectum.

Being overweight and obese appears to be of greater risk to females. The rates of weight associated cancers accounts for 55% of all cancers diagnosed in females; while males that are overweight or obese have a 24% incidence.

Until there is a cure for every type of cancer the focus should remain on prevention and risk reduction.

The Metabolism Clinic assesses body composition at each appointment. Part of the body composition analysis includes percent body fat readings as well as fat mass readings. These serve as useful pieces of medical information as they are not standardly obtained from stepping on a scale. Of note, it is possible to have excess fat on the body while being normal weight. This is referred to as Normal Weight Obesity.

 

The Metabolism Clinic is established as the destination for weight loss and reversal of diabetes. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina. www.themetabolismclinic.com