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Be Thin, Cut Cancer Risk

Be thin to cut cancer, study says

This is from today’s BBC Health News

Even those who are not overweight should slim down if they want to cut their risk of cancer, a major international study has claimed.

The World Cancer Research Fund carried out the largest ever inquiry into lifestyle and cancer, and issued several stark recommendations.

They include not gaining weight as an adult, avoiding sugary drinks and alcohol, and not eating bacon or ham.

Everyone must also aim to be as thin as possible without becoming underweight.

People with a Body Mass Index (BMI), a calculation which takes into account height and weight, of between 18.5 and 25, are deemed to be within a “healthy” weight range.

But the study says their risk increases as they head towards the 25 mark, and that everyone should try to be as close to the lower end as possible.

Recommendations include:

Limit red meat
Limit alcohol
Avoid bacon, ham, and other processed meats
No sugary drinks
No weight gain after 21
Exercise every day
Breastfeed children
Do not take dietary supplements to cut cancer

Comment: This is not a new study, but a compilation based on the committee looking at hundreds of studies done on correlations of weight, diet and cancer risk. The troublesome issue to me is that these are things we have been told, things that we KNOW, and things we aren’t doing anything about.

Hey! The weather is great! Let’s go for a walk!

(You can read the rest of the BBC article here.

October 31, 2007 - Posted by | Cooking, Diet / Weight Loss, Education, Health Issues, Living Conditions, News, Social Issues


  1. My BMI is 18 😀

    This is the first positive thing I have ever gotten regarding my weightlessness!

    Comment by kinano | October 31, 2007 | Reply

  2. As if we needed another reason to lose weight?


    Comment by This Lady Says | October 31, 2007 | Reply

  3. Kinan – You make me sick. I know I need to eat more fruit and exercise more, and I am just so depressed. I don’t think I will ever be thin again.

    Lady – We get all these messages, don’t we? When do we get to stop worrying?

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 31, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hehe.. too much effort ;P

    Comment by 3baid | November 1, 2007 | Reply

  5. 3baid – When my daily life included walking, like walking to work, I was healthier and thin. Now that I am lazy . . . *sigh* I am not so thin. Exercise really is effort, isn’t it?

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 1, 2007 | Reply

  6. It’s impossible not to gain weight after 21!!!

    Comment by shosho | November 1, 2007 | Reply

  7. inltxpatr:

    I am sorry (?) 😦


    You’ve obviously haven’t met me!

    Comment by kinano | November 1, 2007 | Reply

  8. Shosho – what are they thinking? ? ?

    Kinan, honestly I was just being mean. I wish I had a BMI of 18, That was pure envy and spite speaking, and I apologize. We like you just the way you are.

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 1, 2007 | Reply

  9. By the way, did you notice that if you are good Muslims, avoiding pork – ham and bacon – and alcohol, you are ahead of the game already?

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 1, 2007 | Reply

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