JOHN SUMMERLY
MARCH 7, 2017


A review of over 200 studies has revealed a substantial link between body fat and 11 different types of cancer, prompting calls for further research and tougher efforts to tackle the obesity crisis.


Just a few years ago, the first a causal link was shown in a study published in Cancer Prevention Research detailing how visceral fat is linked to colon cancer.
An excess of visceral fat is classically known as central obesity, the "pot belly" or "beer belly" effect, in which the abdomen protrudes excessively. This body type is also known as "apple shaped," as opposed to "pear shaped," in which fat is deposited on the hips and buttocks. Scientists have come to recognize that body fat, instead of body weight, is the key to evaluating obesity. It's one of the reasons Body Mass Index (BMI) is a very poor indicator of health and Body Composition is far more accurate. Biomarkers such as waist-hip and waist-to-height ratios are also linked to cardiovascular function, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, HDL and total cholesterol as well as well-being.

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