Obesity in new cancer scare

Cancer is always a worry and in the news and now a report shows that rising levels of obesity and unhealthy weights in the UK could be linked to 670,000 extra cases of cancer in the next 20 years. obese

If current trends continue, experts told the BBC, almost three in four adults could be overweight or obese by 2035, bringing a host of health issues. And it is estimated this could lead to an additional £2.5bn in costs to the NHS for 2035 alone.

There have been recent studies which suggest obesity is linked to several cancers – including oesophageal (gullet), womb, and bowel tumours.
Being overweight has long been associated with conditions such as diabetes and coronary heart disease too.

In this latest study, researchers used a computer modelling system, together with historical and current health data, to predict the impact of obesity over the next 20 years.

Their work suggests a rise in the number of people who are overweight or obese would contribute to 4.6 million additional cases of type-2 diabetes and 1.6 million extra cases of heart disease by 2035.

Professor Susan Jebb, at the University of Oxford, told the BBC that while interventions to curb obesity were welcome, the report overlooked the need to fund support for people who were already overweight.

She added: “Most people know that smoking causes cancer, but fortunately, most people in the UK now don’t smoke. And for them, managing their weight is the single most important thing they can do to reduce their risk of cancer.”

Health officials say they are committed to tackling childhood obesity and the Cancer Research UK and UK Health Forum report says TV adverts for some food should be banned before 9pm.

Department of Health officials said they had already brought in a ban on adverts featuring junk food during children’s TV programmes and would be launching a childhood obesity strategy shortly.

Hypnotherapy, however, has a proven track record in dealing with weight management.

The National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) is the leading hypnotherapy professional association in the UK and represents more than 1800 therapists across the country.

All of these are trained to the highest standards and many specialise in weight management and helping people control their eating and lead healthier lives.

At the first session for weight loss, the hypnotherapist will ask questions about when and what is eaten, what triggers the need for food when not hungry and what prompts the need to eat.

A programme of treatment will then be compiled that will motivate the client to exercise more and eat less.

Hypnotherapy for weight loss is about changing your habit with food for the rest of your life,” says the NCH, “So, unlike crash diets, it changes the root of your compulsive eating or lack of interest in exercise so you are free to enjoy the rest of your life – eating and exercising sensibly without having to think about it.”

Referring to the link between cancer and obesity, the NHS says there are theories which include the fact that fat tissue can produce an excess amount of certain hormones that may disrupt normal growth of cells. It says obesity may lead to tissues becoming inflamed, which in turn may increase the risk of them becoming cancerous as fat may disrupt the actions of proteins designed to keep a check on cell growth