Friday, 12 October 2007

Obesity linked to esophogeal cancer

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In addition to the multiple negative health effects that Obesity can cause, health officials stated this week that a risk of developing esophageal cancer can be added to that list.

This conclusion comes from a study that included nearly 800 patients with esophageal cancer and 1,580 adults without esophageal cancer.

BMI (body mass index) was the main measurement used in the study, which found that severely obese people (large BMI ratios) were the most likely group to have esophogeal cancer than those with normal BMI ratios. BMI measures width (at the waist) to height, although it's not the best method for determining health status according to many.

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