According to the survey, 75% of the interviewed were clueless as to how obesity might trigger cancers such as ovarian cancer, breast and pancreatic cancers.
The results are very surprising, especially considering that these types of cancers have been longed proven to be favoured by obesity, as most scientists point out.
Out of the questioned sample of women and men, 3200 individuals did not indicate knowledge of connection between obesity and ovarian cancer.
Obesity is considered to be the most major cause for cancer in the United Kingdom, with smoking coming in second. While quitting smoking is a very personal experience that comes down to making and sticking to a personal commitment to never take of another puff, things are not so easy or medically simple with people suffering from obesity.
Obesity is also in the realm of diseases, and you should definetly consult with a physician or a dietitian at least, so that you be fully informed on the necessary dietary changes.
Speaking about the results of the survey, Alison Cox, director at Cancer Research UK, seemed to cast a grim light on how the British population views the issue :
„Cancer isn’t at the forefront of people’s minds when talking about obesity and that’s really concerning. Few understand that excess weight increases the risk of several cancers, including some of the most common such as breast cancer. „
While the problem of obesity is a complex one, a good start would be to invest in healthy eating education from a very early age, so that young people avoid eating fast foods rich in unhealthy fats and excess sugar.
The study was done between February and March 2016 and involved over 3200 across the UK.