This is a topic I am very passionate about because while many things in life are out of our control, what we choose to consume and do with our free time (having an active life-style, or not) is something we have a great deal of control over. On that note, I think it is critical to be aware of the health impacts our bodies face if we are obese. The good thing about our body weight, is that we can choose to take charge, choose a different path, and make better choices…. beginning today. Today, we can be healthier. Today we can take a step toward a longer life expectancy.
Below is an excerpt from an article I found very interesting (see link below).
“A study published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine found excess weight was linked to eight additional types of cancer— stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary, the brain tumor meningioma, thyroid cancer and multiple myeloma— after reviewing more than 1,000 related studies.”
New study links obesity to cancer risk | Fox News Video.
Did you know one typical Thanksgiving meal will have around 2,000 calories… as much as we are supposed to consume in a typical day?
A recent study shows that there is a link between cancer and obesity. It does not say being obese causes cancer. It says that people with obesity tend to have a number of other health issues and that obesity seems to tip the scale as far as making a person more likely to get certain cancers; especially in women.
Having an “ideal body weight” will make you less likely to develop cancer. If you are in the normal range for your sex and height, your risk for cancer may be reduced by up to 10%.
Again, we all know that having a healthy body, means making proper choices daily- its a lifestyle.
Some tips for being healthy:
- Consume very little soda- soda is “liquid sugar” and it is one of the most unhealthy items you introduce to your body! (Its even unhealthy as “diet”). Drink water or low-fat milk for the calcium.
- Eat out “rarely”…. our family’s goal is to eat out only once a month. We tend to eat healthier at home and this also saves us money. If you do eat out, go for the salad with low-fat dressing and a lean meat like chicken that has been baked, not fried.
- Get up and move- don’t be a couch potato. Even taking a walk is much, much better than nothing.
- Take a multivitamin for nutrients you might not be getting enough of in your diet.
- Get enough rest. Americans don’t get enough of it. It helps the mind and body recuperate.