Obesity can lead to a variety of health problems, including cancer. In fact, it raises your risk of getting at least 13 types of cancer… and studies have shown that one in three cancer deaths can be traced back to excess body weight, poor nutrition and/or physical inactivity.
The link between obesity and cancer has to do with the overall affect excess weight has on your body. It negatively affects your immune system, how your body’s cells grow and divide and even your levels of certain hormones and proteins.
It’s a serious issue, and one that affects two out of every three Americans.
You may feel like you could stand to lose a few pounds, but whether or not you’re technically overweight or obese can be boiled down to one number – and it isn’t your weight. It’s your BMI.
To calculate your BMI, multiply your weight by 703. Then, multiply your height in inches against itself (if you’re 70 inches tall, your formula would be 70 times 70). Then divide the first number into the second number to determine your BMI.
If your BMI is between 18.5 and 25, you’re in a normal weight range. If it’s lower, you are underweight. If it’s 25-30, you’re overweight. If your BMI is more than 30, you’re obese.
And if that’s the case, it’s no secret what your next steps should be. You should try to decrease how many calories you consume and increase how many calories you burn. Cutting out 500 calories a day will result in you losing one pound every week – after a year, that’s 52 pounds!
While actually cutting those calories may seem like a daunting task, there are various ways that SOMC may be able to help. For more information, visit somc.org or contact the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7650.