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Obesity is linked to cancer deaths

Americans worried about their weight can add this to their list of concerns. A study from the American Cancer Society warns that the more overweight a person is, the greater his or her risk of dying from cancer. For the heaviest Americans the death rate from all cancers was 52% higher for men and 62% higher for women.

A study published in April 2003 issue of New England Journal of Medicine, analyzed the link between overweight Americans and cancers. Certain cancers pose a sharply higher risk of death for obese people. The most obese women are six times more likely to die from cancer of the uterus than women in the normal range. Severely overweight men are more than four times as likely to die from liver cancer than in men of normal weight, and also face an increased rate of death from prostate and stomach cancers.

Several forms of cancer, including those affecting the liver, esophagus, colon and rectum, kidney, pancreas and gallbladder, pose an increased risk for both overweight men and women.

What is obesity?

Obesity is a disease. As such, it is the only disease that is contracted by an act of the will, and it is the only disease that requires the will to propagate. It is a disease that promotes more diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, and asthma. And further, you can add some forms of cancer to the list of disorders that cost even more money and time, as well as suffering prior to death. It is the only disease that is satisfying and is habit-forming for all ages. It is a disease that is spread by advertising. Therefore, one can say that obesity is a temporary satisfaction leading to a permanent destruction.

Winning the Weightloss Battle

If you wish to succeed in losing weight, you must first learn these factors:

1. Knowledge
Acquire complete information of obesity and overweight: What causes it? What are the risks? Use resources around and available to you. Listen to others with experience. Seek help from experienced people and professionals that are willing to teach and help you. We have to use the knowledge we have been given to fight back the forces of obesity. We must accept that being overweight and obesity is a disease that can be treated. This is no different from any other war; knowing the enemy is the key to winning the battle of the bulge.

2. Have the reasons
Why do you want to lose weight. Make a list of all the reasons why you want to lose weight. Post this list where you can see it every day. Do you have the intention and desire to lose weight? What will drive you to lose weight?

3. Action
Put your knowledge into action. Do it now.

4. Have a positive mental attitude.

5. Be accountable.

Find an expert, someone with whom you can partner. One who understands, who listens, who motivates, who encourages, who reinforces your desire as well as monitors your progress. One who compliments you.