The World Health Organisation (WHO) identifies obesity as being abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health.
Approximately 2 billion adults are overweight with over a quarter of these registering as obese. Whilst not everyone is a fan of the BMI score, it is very quick and easy to use. And unless you are a body builder or weight trainer working out for 6 hours a week, don’t kid yourself that you are mostly muscle and so do not qualify for an accurate BMI reading. Check your BMI below – once over a BMI of 25 one qualifies as overweight and a BMI of over 30 registers as obese.
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The WHO suggests that being obese is a major risk factor for chronic diseases including cancer. Cancer Research UK offers a startling fact – being overweight or obese causes 1 in 20 cancers and 4 in 10 cancers can be prevented by lifestyle choices, with most, if not all of these lifestyle changes contributing to a healthier weight and a physically fitter you, by creating a virtuous circle of behavioural choices and personal gain.
Of these cancer types, two are amongst the most prevalent forms, breast and bowel, whilst three of them, pancreatic, oesophageal and gall bladder are some of the most difficult cancers to treat. Other cancers heavily influenced by being overweight include kidney, womb and one type of brain tumour. After giving up smoking, becoming a healthy weight is the second most important thing you can control if you want to reduce your risk of getting cancer.
Cancer isn’t the only life changing illness caused by obesity. Diabetes.co.uk refer to evidence that obesity accounts for as much as an 85% risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The British Heart Foundation speaks clearly about the increased risk of high cholesterol and increased blood pressure in the overweight population, whilst making it clear that getting back down to a healthy weight you reduce your risk of coronary heart disease.
Whilst there is a global obesity and being overweight epidemic and whilst being overweight or obese has a huge and detrimental impact on our health, making even small improvements can start to reverse the damage. Even losing a few pounds will reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other life limiting illnesses and those first few pounds off might be a catalyst for further developments.
Share with your Waetugo group your health concerns and get motivation from them or offer your group friends the help and support they might need for stepping towards better health.
Review your Waetugoal. Maybe add the avoidance of these terrible illnesses as benefits of reaching your target.