Researchers from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark uncovered a 12% risk of cancer associated with being dangerously overweight. The included cancers range from breast cancer and kidney cancer to gallbladder cancer, Leukemia and brain cancer. Rising rates of obesity put people at grave risk—healthcare costs rise and people die prematurely.
The Danish team studied cancer data in Denmark over a 40-year period from 1977 to 2016. The results were recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. They found 20,706 cancers among 313,321 adults diagnosed as being overweight or obese. But there were 18,480 cancers diagnosed among the overall Danish population over the same period. The researchers concluded that there is a 12% risk increase for overweight or obese people.
In the U.S., obesity is reaching crisis levels as up to 90 million people could be considered overweight. TrialSite News has taken strong stances concerning this topic. In America, health officials increasingly call for taking on the obesity epidemic which they declare will lead to better health outcomes and lower aggregate healthcare spending. But it doesn’t look good. By 2012, Cornell University found that in New York obesity accounts for nearly 21% of total U.S. health care costs or $190 billion per annum. Researchers at Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health predict that approaching 50% of Americans will be obese by 2030—that is only 10 years away now. Something must give.
- S.B. Gribsholt, Aarhus University Hospital
- D Cronin-Fenton, Aarhus University Hospital
- K Veres, Aarhus University Hospital
- RW Thomsen, Aarhus University Hospital
- AG Ording, Aarhus University Hospital
- B Richelsen, Aarhus University Hospital
- HT Sorensen, Aarhus University Hospital