Too much weight changes the chemistry of your body, with sometimes dangerous results.
The good news is this: in the UK, fewer women smoke compared with men. And so, because of this fewer women in Britain die of smoking related cancers.
But with obesity rates steady and climbing, being overweight is now set to become the leading cause of cancer for women in the UK.
According to a report on CNN, a Cancer Research UK study estimated that 23,000 British women will suffer from obesity-related cancers by 2035. And by 2043, this number will grow, causing obesity to surpass smoking as the leading cause of the deadly disease.
How cancer is caused by obesity is complex, but it’s related to the way in which chemical changes in the body can encourage certain illnesses like breast cancer to spread.
More precisely, obesity can cause chronic, low-level inflammation, which is bad news. It also increases the levels of insulin and insulin growth factor in your body and raises the amount of estrogen produced by your fat tissue, both of which can increase your chances of falling sick.
So, what should you look out for? According to Cancer.net, being obese increases your chances of developing breast, colorectal, uterine, kidney, head and neck, esophageal, pancreatic, endometrium (lining of the uterus), prostate, gallbladder and thyroid cancer, specifically.