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Wednesday, November 09, 2005 

Lose Weight, Avoid Cancer

Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, end stage renal disease, gout, birth defects, infertility, infections... etc. etc. etc... According to the American Obesity Association (AOA), these conditions have a higher chance of occuring in obese individuals.

From 1971-2000, the prevalence of obese individuals in the United States in both men and women aged 20 - 74 have doubled. It has become such a critical health condition that Medicare redefined obesity as an Illness in 2004 allowing Americans to make medical claims for weight-related treatment.

That's not the end of the bad news - a review of published studies and reports showed that about 10% of ALL cancers could be avoided (more than 100,000 cases a year) if overweight and obesity did not exist.
By applying the current US levels of overweight and obesity, Colditz from the Harvard School of Public Health estimated that 14 percent of colon cancers -- over 14,000 cases -- would be avoided if no one was overweight or obese.

Likewise, if no one was overweight or obese, "we would avoid 11 percent of breast cancer -- over 18,000 cases; 49 percent of endometrial cancer, almost 20,000 cases; 31 percent of kidney cancer, over 11,000 cases; 39 percent of esophageal cancer, 5,500 cases; 14 percent of pancreas cancers, 4,500 cases; 20 percent of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases, over 11,000 cases; and for multiple myeloma 17 percent of cases," Colditz told reporters.

Given the increasing prevalence of obesity in the US, these estimates are conservative, he said.

"We can clearly conclude that adult overweight and obesity cause cancer," Dr. Colditz said, "and increasing rates of obesity in the US are continuing to drive up the burden of these cancers." [Reuters, Nov. 2005]

Again, let me quote from Ellen G. White:
"Many are so devoted to intemperance that they will not change their course of indulging in gluttony under any considerations. They would sooner sacrifice health, and die prematurely, than to restrain their intemperate appetite. And there are many who are ignorant of the relation their eating and drinking has to health. Could such be enlightened, they might have moral courage to deny the appetite, and eat more sparingly, and of that food alone which was healthful, and by their own course of action save themselves a great amount of suffering." [Counsels on Diet & Foods p158]
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