Increasing obesity rates and scary high numbers of obese and overweight children, are compelling scientists to get to the heart of this massive global weight gain, reported the IANS. New research says add cancer to the list of deadly diseases that obesity causes. Health researchers found obesity is linked to rising cancer rates of some kinds, reported the BBC Health. And there’s more bad new–3 in 4 people will be obese or overweight by 2035 if current trends continue. That’s right, even people who have never had a weight problem in their lives, probably even some of those who have always been “too skinny” will be overweight if they don’t change their collision course lifestyles. You probably know being overweight leads to many other killer health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, plaque, heart disease and circulatory problems and more. Now add to that 670,000 new cases of cancer due to healthy weight, says a UK report.
Recent studies connect obesity to several cancers–esophageal (gullet), womb, and bowel. Researchers used computer prediction imaging plus historical and current health data, to foreshadow the impact of obesity in the next 20 years. Those who are currently obese will contribute some 4.6 million extra type-2 diabetes cases and 1.6 million more cases of heart disease by 2035. Healthcare costs to treat these new patients is estimated to add an additional £2.5 billion per year–that’s over and above what obesity already costs in healthcare.
What do medical experts recommend to counteract deadly effects of obesity? Well, clearly, people need to be educated on the dangers of being overweight. Targeting childhood obesity is crucial. But groups like Cancer Research UK and a UK Health Forum advocate stronger measures–like a sugar tax and junk food TV ad bans. Doctors aren’t pussy-footing around–health experts say a sugar tax and junk food TV ad bans might force people into healthier eating habits. A sugar tax would make it harder for people to afford junk food. TV ad bans would remove junk food adverting during hours when kids are watching TV.
Kids are bombarded with junk food ads and TV ad bans seek to stem marketing targeted to children. Kids see goodies advertised and beg parents to buy unhealthy food. Parents kowtow, buying junk food they might not normally get. TV ad bans could prevent kids being tempted by junk food. And kids are getting fatter–childhood obesity rates are skyrocketing. A sugar tax might curb the sweet tooth by making sweets cost prohibitive. Parents might be more likely to say no to food with a sugar tax.