Obesity is commonly linked with a higher risk for several different cancers including colon, breast and endometrial. Generally obesity isn't alone and people will have multiple weight related risk factors such as diabetes, sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition. Multiple risk factors increase your risk of developing cancer in your lifetime, but your risk could be decreased by losing weight and eliminating risk factors.
A recent study which monitored a group of women over a longer period of time determined that the amount of time you are obese increases your risks of obesity related cancers. Being overweight and having more fat means you also have more hormones, insulin and inflammation all of which can promote cancer growth. This study showed that a weight loss of just 5% from the baseline weight showed significant decreases in the amounts of hormones, insulin and labs that show inflammation in the blood.
Weight loss can be overwhelming. Fad diets are not helpful and do not produce lasting results. It is important to learn to make healthier life choices throughout a lifetime, and the best results are seen when exercise and dietary changes are combined. Changing your diet and learning to put exercise in your routine may be challenging, but the overall results are worth the struggle up front. Eating healthier doesn't mean that you are on a diet forever but it will teach you better food choices overall and still allow you the occasional indulgence. There are many different forms of exercise and it is important to find one you like and will stick with.
Knowing that the amount of time you are overweight increases your cancer risks even more will hopefully trigger a desire for change. It is time to make a lasting change in your life, for your life’s sake. If you have tried traditional weight loss routes and been unsuccessful talk with your doctor about weight loss strategies that may be right for you.