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Obesity now linked to 12 different cancers

Earlier studies found links between excess body mass and seven different cancers, but new evidence has found five more

Obesity is linked to as many as 12 different forms of cancer, according to a major new report which advises giving up bacon and swapping sugary drinks for water as part of a 10-point plan for avoiding the disease.

Up to 40% of cancers are preventable, says the World Cancer Research Fund, launching its updated report on the reasons for the global spread. While smoking is still the biggest cause of cancer, WCRF says obesity will overtake it within a couple of decades in countries like the UK. The fund advises that our unhealthy modern lifestyle and the promotion of junk food has to end if people are to avoid the disease.

Watching screens, whether computers at work or the TV at home, is bad for adults and children because it is sedentary. Physical activity, including walking, is protective. Processed meats and too much red meat are linked to bowel and other forms of cancer. Sugary drinks cause people to put on weight. Alcohol is also calorific and linked to bowel, breast, liver, mouth and throat, oesophagus and stomach cancers.

Ten years ago, WCRF identified links between obesity and seven cancers. Today, the evidence shows links to 12, says the report presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna. They are cancers of the liver, ovary, prostate (advanced), stomach, mouth and throat, bowel, breast (post-menopause), gallbladder, kidney, oesophagus, pancreas and womb.

It is impossible to work out how many cancer-free years a better lifestyle could buy people, says WCRF, but a spokesperson said we do know that around 40% of cancer cases are preventable and that eating a healthy diet, being more active each day and maintaining a healthy weight are after not smoking the most important ways you can reduce your cancer risk.

WCRF says one in six deaths globally are already caused by cancer. As more countries adopt western lifestyles, moving less and eating more junk food, the number of new cases of cancer is expected to rise. At the current rate, the number of cases around the world will increase by 58%, reaching 24m per year by 2035. The global cost of cancer, it says, is projected to be an astonishing US$458bn by 2030.

It is the whole diet that matters not just giving up sugars or salami. WCRF recommends that people cut down on fast and processed convenience foods. In February the Guardian revealed that more than half the UK diet was made up of ultra-processed foods.

Our research shows its unlikely that specific foods or nutrients are important single factors in causing or protecting against cancer, said Dr Kate Allen, WCRFs executive director of science and public affairs.

Rather, different patterns of diet and physical activity throughout life combine to make you more or less susceptible to cancer. Our cancer prevention recommendations work together as a blueprint to beat cancer that people can trust, because they are based on evidence that has now proved consistent for decades.

This is the third expert report on global cancer prevention that WCRF has published the others were in 1997 and 2007.

Individuals can help reduce their cancer risk by living a healthy life, but governments have a responsibility too, it says. Public health policies and regulations that reduce the advertising and marketing and discounting of junk and processed foods and make it easier to walk, cycle and be active are vital, the report says.

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Prof Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UKs prevention expert, said: This report supports what we already know the key to cutting cancer risk is through our way of life. Not smoking, keeping a healthy weight, eating and drinking healthily and getting more active all helps. A bacon butty or glass of wine every so often isnt anything to worry about, its the things you do every day that matter most. Building small changes into your daily life, like choosing sugar-free drinks or walking more, can add up to a big difference for your health. She also called on the government to act to curb junk food marketing.

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WCRF’s 10-point plan for avoiding cancer

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  • Keep your weight within the healthy range and do not put on the pounds in adult life
  • Be physically active
  • Eat a diet rich in wholegrains, fruits, vegetables and beans
  • Limit fast and processed foods high in sugar, salt and fat
  • Limit red and processed meats – for processed meat like bacon and salami the evidence is very strong. Red meat should not be consumed more than three times a week
  • Limit sugar-sweetened drinks
  • Limit alcohol – to prevent cancer it is best not to drink
  • Do not consume food supplements – get your vitamins and minerals from healthy foods
  • Breastfeed babies if you can – good for the mother and child
  • After a cancer diagnosis, follow the WCRF recommendations if you can

 

 

 

 

 

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The WCRF has launched an online cancer health check tool to allow people to assess their own lifestyle and risk.

A separate presentation at the conference suggests that obesity plays a part in malignant melanoma a form of skin cancer that is the fifth most common in the UK, causing 2,000 deaths a year. Magdalena Taube and colleagues at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have shown that obese people who undergo stomach-shrinking bariatric surgery and lose a quarter of their weight have a dramatically decreased risk of the cancer.

The data showing a 61% drop in risk came from the long-running 4,000-strong Swedish Obese Subjects study, with follow-up of 20 years. Half had bariatric surgery and half did not. Our study indicates it is not the sun exposure, said Taube. It is the obesity that drives this melanoma. The subjects are all Swedish residents who do not have a great deal of sun exposure.

Taube also cites a study in the US of war veterans, in which black subjects had a higher rate of malignant melanoma than those with more sun-susceptible white skins. One possibility, she said, is that this is a different type of melanoma which is not affected by the suns radiation.

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Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean a salad for every meal and these products prove it

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Getting healthy is consistently one of the top resolutions for Americans every year and a big part of that is taking stock of what’s going in our mouths.

If you’ve resolved to start eating healthier, don’t get overwhelmed. These products can make eating healthy a delicious endeavor.

Let’s start off with one of the most helpful healthy eating tools out there: PlateJoy is a super user-friendly meal app (with optional grocery delivery service) that offers personalized nutrition plans based on your likes, dislikes, and lifestyle. Choose from tons of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack options by selecting the cuisine and preparation time — you’ll never run out of ideas again.

Take healthy cooking to the next level with this meal prep lunch bag. Keep the unnecessary calories away with three portion-control food containers that stack perfectly inside, with easily rearrangeable compartments for other containers, cups, or utensils — there’s even space for two protein shaker cups. According to the reviews, the insulated walls are able to keep food cold for 12-14 hours.

If you’re trying to get into meal prep but don’t have a clue where to start, the highly rated Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook offers recipes, shopping tips, and storage solutions to put you on your way to becoming a meal prep pro — and show you how meal prep can be just as easy as opting for a frozen meal.

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Breakfast foods are important, and we’re here to tell you that beloved foods like scrambled eggs, omelettes, or sandwiches don’t have to be kicked out of your diet. This egg white yolk separator can help lighten the fat and calorie load, while still providing the same amount of protein.

 

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Get excited to get out of bed in the morning with the Oster My Blend This 250-watt blender is an Amazon Choice product that blends your smoothies right in a grab-n-go sport bottle, so you don’t have to waste time with multiple parts. 

Cutting french fries out of a diet is simply inhumane. Go greaseless with this digital air fryer that can help you cook your favorite foods with little-to-no oil. The fryer is equipped with seven presets for fries, meat, shrimp, cake, chicken, steak, and fish, and comes with a cookbook full of healthy recipes. 

Speaking of potatoes, if you’re on a health kick but can’t force yourself to say goodbye to deep fried snacks, this microwave potato chip maker can make healthy potato chips possible. The slicer cuts potatoes into thin, chip shaped strips, while the microwave creates the crunch you love, minus the oil.

Though we want to cut out oil as much as we can, sometimes it’s necessary for the cooking process. This anti-grease olive oil mister is a healthier alternative to store-bought sprays, and since it’s refillable, it could save money, too. You could even put salad dressing in it to avoid accidentally pouring too much dressing on your veggies.

Hey, pasta addicts: This Amazon’s Choice veggie spiralizer can make oodles of noodles out of zucchinis, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, and your other favorite vegetables. You’re welcome.

After a long day, the last thing you want to do is spend hours prepping food you don’t even like. Cut back on time with 7-liter, 2-tier steamer that allows for multiple dishes to cook at once, so dinner can be ready faster.

 

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‘People just have less time now’: is the Mediterranean diet dying out?

Parents and experts in southern Europe digest the WHOs warning this week on fast food

Possible suspects in the demise of the Mediterranean diet are not hard to find in the food court of Plenilunio, a giant mall not far from Madrid airport that offers customers 138 shops, a multiscreen cinema and dozens of restaurants.

If visitors are not in the mood for a McDonalds, Burger King or Subway, theres a KFC, a kebab restaurant, a noodle place, a sandwich bar, a tex-mex joint, a US-style diner or two Italian chains. Steak lovers can choose between Argentinian, Brazilian or American options, while a lone outlet meekly peddles healthy Asian food.

Conspicuous by their absence barring a couple of tapas restaurants are places offering the kind of traditional Spanish food that forms part of the celebrated Mediterranean diet.

This week the World Health Organization said the fabled healthy way of eating was dead, as far as children in Spain, Italy and Greece were concerned. Fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil had given way to sweets, fizzy drinks and junk food, leaving more than 40% of nine-year-olds in those countries overweight or obese.

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The Mediterranean diet for the children in these countries is gone, said Dr Joo Breda, head of the WHOs European office for prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases. There is no Mediterranean diet any more.

Bredas lament met with a little scepticism from Mara Reguera, who was sitting in the food court at Plenilunio with her parents and three-year-old daughter. I dont think its so much of a problem because if you look at the nurseries and schools, they teach children about good habits like eating fruit and vegetables, she said. People just use places like this at the weekends or for after-school snacks. I still cook at home and Im not worried.

Her mother, Cristina Rojo, said social changes had brought about a break with past conventions. I think the problem is that young people work nowadays and they have less time to cook, she said. Before, women werent working and they had more time to cook. People just have less time now. They just do whats easiest.

Despite that, said Rojo, home-cooked weekend lunches were still a sacred part of Spanish life.

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This Is What Kourtney Kardashian Eats To Stay Healthy

 
I’ll be totally honest that I don’t exactly Keep Up with the Kardashians, but like, I hate-stalk Kylie with every fiber of my being, so that’s got to count for something. But in terms of the OG Kardashian sisters, I don’t know a whole lot about them, other than what I gather from other Betches articles. Like, Kim is the vain one (I am the Kim of my family), Khloé is the funny one, and Kourtney is the healthy one who like, cares a lot about eating organic and gluten-free shit. Right? I think I’ve got the bases covered. And given that Kourtney is also the hottest one (don’t fight me on this; her face has changed the least over the years compared to her sisters), it’s understandable why people would want to know what Kourtney Kardashian eats. How does she look better at age 38 with three kids than I do after a good week where I stick to my diet and fitness regimen? I mean, probably because she has a very expensive plastic surgeon personal trainer and her livelihood literally depends on her having a desirable physique. But other than that, her diet probably plays a role. So what does Kourtney Kardashian eat to stay skinny? Let’s investigate. Diet-Banners-250x250

On Kourtney’s members-only website (who is paying for this?), she revealed some key ingredients she swears by. As we all know, Kourtney went gluten- and dairy-free last spring, but she also has a serious sweet tooth, because LOL! She’s just so relatable. Kourtney previously told that she uses gluten-free flours like almond and sweet rice flour. Groundbreaking stuff. She also uses lots of coconut products like coconut oil and coconut flour. Apparently, behind the paywall on Kourtney’s website, you can find recipes for some of her fave coconut recipes, like coconut macaroons and pudding. And that’s how she sticks to her diet while still “indulging” in bootleg desserts that sound gross. IDK, I feel like if you’re about to go bake a cake out of coconut flour, you should either just make a regular fucking cake or eat some fruit. It’s like Ron Swanson says: Don’t half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.

If there are people out there who are really paying to see Kourtney Kardashian’s coconut macaroon recipe, please comment below because I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you.

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300lbs Woman Reveals What 3 Years Of Workout Did To Her Body, And Her Transformation Photos Are Unbelievable

At 22 years old, Laura Micetich AKA ‘The Iron Giantess’ weighed over 300lbs and was facing a raft of health issues including hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure and prediabetes. She realised that without a radical change in diet and lifestyle, her precious youth would be lost already and she was facing a short and difficult life.

 

 

“I decided to take charge of my life and make a change,” she said. “After trying and failing to get a handle on my health numerous times, my weight had become a serious enough concern that I was considering weight loss surgery.”

However, she instead began to go down to her local gym, where she quickly found an affinity with lifting weights. So much so, that it became clear that surgery wasn’t going to be necessary at all. “What initially began because of consideration for weight loss surgery quickly grew into an intense love of health, fitness and nutrition,” she writes on her website. “I started by going to the gym, lifting weights and eating a clean diet tailored to my body’s needs. It only took a few weeks for me to realize that I didn’t need to go under the knife. I needed to get under the bar.”

“In the first year, I shed more than 100 pounds without surgery and significantly changed my unhealthy habits. I am now health issue free and my life has changed for the better with the simple realization that what we want and what we do are completely in our own control.”

It all sounds so simple doesn’t it? While there are a billion techniques, fad diets, pills, nutrition plans and other methods out there, Laura’s story proves that a little discipline, hard work and common sense can produce amazing results. “I just adjusted my diet. I ate lots of clean foods and removed all starches and processed sugars. I stopped eating out. I stopped getting takeout. I stopped buying junk at the grocery store. I stopped having alcoholic drinks with friends. I stopped binging on crap. That was it.”

Combined with the new found routine and discipline that lifting weights at the gym offered her, Laura saw the pounds begin to shed rapidly with none of excess skin that many other rapid weight loss diets tend to leave behind. What began as a weight loss journey has become a life long passion for Laura, and she shares her results and tips on Instagram where she has over 330,000 followers.

Scroll down below to check out how she did it for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

 

“I grew up heavy. I also grew up a ball buster. So there was no chance I was going to admit I was insecure about my appearance”

 

 

“I played it cool and a lot of people bought it. After finally having time to think about who I wanted to be, I decided to make a change”

 

 

 

 

In 2014 Laura weighed over 300 pounds and that’s when she decided she wanted to change

 

 

It all started with the barbell. “I fell in love with weightlifting and that changed the game for me”

 

 

“It only took a few weeks for me to realize that I didn’t need to go under the knife. I needed to get under the bar”

 

 

“I started weight training almost daily, spending hours in the gym and studying research and scientific findings relating to health, fitness, and nutrition”

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“In the first year, I shed more than 100 pounds without surgery and significantly changed my unhealthy habits”

 

 

“I just adjusted my diet. I ate lots of clean foods and removed all starches and processed sugars”

 

 

 

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“I stopped eating out. I stopped getting takeout. I stopped buying junk at the grocery store”

 

 

“I stopped having alcoholic drinks with friends. I stopped binging on crap. That was it”

 

 

“This is my heaviest – over 300lbs in 2014. My thinnest – at 180 in May 2017. My current  at about 195”

 

 

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“There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now”

 

 

“I am now health issue free and my life has changed for the better with the simple realization that what we want and what we do are completely in our own control”

 

 

More than 330k people follow Laura on Instagram looking for inspiration and advice

 

 

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“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit”

 

 

“With patience, age, and a little self-love, your smile won’t quite catch on your insecurities the same way it once did. Give it time..”

 

 

 “You’re not too old. It’s not too late”

 

 

 “It’s hard. It’s worth it”

 

 

“You are who you choose to be”

 

5 Diet And Exercise Mistakes Your Trainer Wish You’d Stop Making

 

Nicole Nam has a Bachelors of Science in Public Health Nutrition Specialization and a Masters of Science in Kinesiology. She has a personal training certification from the American Council of Exercise, and has trained a variety of clients, including a contestant in this year’s Miss Nevada competition. Follow her on Instagram here.

As a personal trainer, I see a lot of my clients struggle with information overload. So much contradicting information is thrown at you that you don’t know wtf to believe. I always want my clients, and Betches readers, to approach every piece of information you read/hear/come across pertaining to fitness and wellness with a subjective mindset. No two bodies are the same—so what works for one person might not work for you for many reasons, whether it’s biological makeup or cultural preferences. (Example: you won’t find me on the keto diet—I’m Asian, I was raised on rice and noodles and carbs.) Fitness and achieving your dream body is about finding what works for you.

That said, I want to give you five general diet and exercise mistakes that I’ve seen hinder my clients’ progress despite their age, their genetic makeup, and their lifestyle. Get ready for some harsh truths. Take from this article what you will, because maybe some of these mistakes are things you’re doing and finding success with. If that’s the case, IGNORE ME. Listen to your body first.

1. Doing Only Cardio, Or Only Weights

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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A lot of my beginner clients were cardio addicts. They loved cardio because it’s easy. It’s one movement for an extended period of time—they don’t have to mess with equipment, they don’t have to come up with a routine, and they don’t have to learn how to properly execute movements. But weights changed their lives. The thing is, cardio alone will not give you the muscle tone that you want. What it WILL do is make you lose weight. Whether that’s good or bad is up to you. On the other hand, if you hop on social media you’ll see fitness models praise the weights-only method. They don’t do cardio, or they’ll do 15 minutes max. They lift heavy weights only. From personal experience, doing weights ONLY (especially if you lift medium-heavy) can cause weight gain (due to increased muscle, but the same amount of fat) and a bulkier look. Again, whether that’s good or bad is up to you. My clients want to lose fat and increase muscle simultaneously, so the best solution that I have found for myself AND my clients is to split it 50-50. If we have an hour to work, we do 30 minutes of cardio with 30 minutes of weights.

2. Not Drinking Water

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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Drink that sh*t. It helps your body to recover from physical activity, flushes out toxins, and it will also help you figure out REAL hunger—not hunger from thirst or hunger from boredom. Don’t drink Vitamin Water, don’t drink diet soda…WHY. Why do that to yourself? Your body doesn’t need that. Your body needs clean, pure WATER.

3. Not Taking Days Off

 

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Some of my clients are super ambitious and strong-willed, or they’re working on a time crunch to be a certain size. They’ll train a total of six days a week, and do the same body parts all six days a week. Then they’ll complain to me about not seeing results. Well sweetie, that’s because you’ve torn down your muscle fibers to shreds! You’ve not given the fibers time to repair themselves (which is where you see results). Regardless of their deadline, I require my clients to take two days off from training a week and take one day to do restorative low-impact exercises such as yoga or Pilates. The other four days, you have my permission to go balls to the walls with it.

4. Trying To Outrun A Bad Diet

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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I can’t help you work off all the bullsh*t you eat if you’re steadily eating bullsh*t. Just because we did a 90-minute session does not give you an excuse to eat whatever you want, especially if you’re serious about your goals and ESPECIALLY if we’re working with a four-week deadline for your wedding. Throw out all the crap in your house, and do not restock your cupboard with all that damn junk food just to torture yourself. What are you gonna do? Stare at it, until you give in and finally eat it anyway? That’s not going to work. There’s a reason they say “you can’t outrun a bad diet”.

The more you cook, the more you know what is going into your body. Try to find the joy in cooking, even if it’s something that a 6-year-old could make like scrambled eggs. Keep eating out at restaurants to a minimum if you’re trying to lose weight. That’s because restaurants’ main concerns are the taste of their food and their Yelp reviews—they could give a damn about your fitness goals. For example, restaurant scrambled eggs often have unnecessary sh*t like cream, cheese, or tons of butter that could turn your innocent scrambled eggs into a calorie bomb. Invest in a good nonstick pan, make your own scrambled eggs and spinach, and you’ve probably just cut the calories in half.

 

5. Not Taking Vitamins

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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When your body is deficient in a certain vitamin, it translates into a craving. Craving “fatty” foods like butter and cheese? Could be a lack of Omega-3’s. Craving chocolate? Maybe your magnesium levels are low. Craving super salty or super sweet foods? A zinc supplement could help. Bottom line is, when your cells are hungry you will most likely be too. This is also the case for those that are cutting out whole food groups such as those on any low-carbohydrate or low-fat diets.

Now that you’re aware of these common diet and exercise mistakes, you can stop falling into these traps and start achieving your fitness goals.

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