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Obesity to take over Smoking as biggest cancer cause

Crouton

Ninja
V.I.P.
http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/...g-as-key-cause-of-cancer-20150529-ghd0zj.html

Soon obesity could be the biggest cause of cancer in the Western world rather than smoking.

I guess this isn't really surprising, with all the anti-smoking campaigns in many Western countries, and the obesity issue getting worse this was bound to happen eventually. This is the part of the article that got my attention the most.

"Jennifer Ligibel, a cancer specialist from Harvard University, said: "We have seen rising prevalence of obesity over a relatively short time - in a matter of decades its gone from relatively uncommon to around one in three adults being obese in the US - and the UK is not far behind." Twenty five per cent of Britons are now obese, compared with three per cent in the Seventies."

It's amazing and scary how quickly obesity developed as a problem. Went from hardly anyone ever seeing an obese person to it being a really common sight. It makes it scary to think of how prevalent it will be in the future if we don't change.
 

Hilander

Free Spirit
Staff member
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One big difference is back in the 70's people didn't sit on their butts behind a computer screen all day long. When they got out of school or off work they hung out with friends, played basket ball, etc, instead of hanging out on social networks talking to internet friends. Also they ate less processed foods and GMO's.

Just wait until robots start doing everything for us then we will get even fatter.

Actually Mexico is fatter than the US.
 

Stego

Registered Member
One big difference is back in the 70's people didn't sit on their butts behind a computer screen all day long.
Nailed it. The US has a largely sedentary nature with a high sugar diet. It actually goes like this: if you are blue collar and labor, you may be moving but your diet is probably high in sugar and junk. If you sit at a computer screen, you may be able to afford a little better food but you're still sedentary.
 

Hilander

Free Spirit
Staff member
V.I.P.
Nailed it. The US has a largely sedentary nature with a high sugar diet. It actually goes like this: if you are blue collar and labor, you may be moving but your diet is probably high in sugar and junk. If you sit at a computer screen, you may be able to afford a little better food but you're still sedentary.
Some people may not sit behind a desk all day but they stand behind a cash register, etc, all day. If your just standing there your not burning too many calories but you still get tired so when you get off you want to sit down.
 

Major

4 legs good 2 legs bad
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I'm not surprised, but at the same time, I am a little. I thought we'd start seeing a decline in obesity due to increased awareness in what we eat, more and more people having gym memberships, etc. The big food industry is even losing billions of dollars because people are starting to turn away from processed foods and GMO's.

http://fortune.com/2015/05/21/the-war-on-big-food/
 

Crouton

Ninja
V.I.P.
If you don't want to be obese... Take up smoking. :D



- Cham
Yeah, and then you'll get cancer. Although, according to this article, you'll get cancer either way.

I'm not currently working, but my University course is VERY sedentary. I mean, I study freaking computer animation I had no hope. All my classes are just three hours of sitting at a computer.

At the worst/busiest time for me, I was waking up, sitting at my computer and working on my assignments basically until night, then waking up the next day and repeating it. I did this for weeks on end. I also got to the fattest I'd ever been during that time.

Luckily now I'm in the process of losing that weight, but if I ever do get a job in this industry it will just be days of sitting.
 

Hilander

Free Spirit
Staff member
V.I.P.
I've been reading for years that obesity causes cancer among other things. If you smoke and are obese also then your even more likely to get cancer than if it was just one or the other.
 

The_Chameleon

Grandmaster
Yeah, and then you'll get cancer. Although, according to this article, you'll get cancer either way.
But the risk is lower supposedly with Smoking so you'd be reducing your risk.

... Mind you, if you really want to lose weight you could always develop a crack habit. :D ... Or speed to help you stay up for those long nights of studying. :D


- Cham

P.S. I'm used to giving practical advice but sometimes I like to just try something different. :D
 
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