HAVING a belly doubles the risk of certain cancers in women, research reveals.
He found that being apple-shaped – having a large waist and belly – significantly increased the chances of developing six common forms of the disease.
Researchers at the University of Glasgow analyzed data from 385,000 adults to spot a link between obesity and cancer.
They found that wearing a spare tire around the stomach increased the overall risk by 5% for both genders.
But the chances of women getting uterine cancer if they had fat around their waists increased by 109%.
Also known as endometrial or uterine cancer, it affects nearly 10,000 women a year and causes nearly 2,500 deaths.
Speaking at the European Obesity Congress in Maastricht, lead researcher Dr Celis Morales said: “We know that this particular type of fat that you tend to have around your belly is particularly bad.
“It’s the fat that builds up around your internal organs. That means it has more of an effect on them.
“This fat generates inflammatory markers and it is this inflammation that contributes to long-term cancers.”
The study looked at participants’ visceral adiposity index – a measure used to assess levels of belly fat.
Research suggests it is particularly deadly, due to the way it affects key organs and alters hormone levels that can impact cancer.
The team found that those with too much abdominal fat increased the risk of gallbladder cancer by 83%, kidney cancer by 39%, liver cancer by 25%, bowel cancer by 14%. % and breast cancer by 11%.
Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum said: “The message couldn’t be clearer. Adipose fat – the fat that protrudes your stomach – can give you cancer at any level.
Professor Tom Sanders, of King’s College London, said: “It has long been known that the risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer increases with obesity and that estrogen increases this risk.
“Body fat can increase tissue exposure to estrogen.”
It comes after a warning that Britain is on course to become the fattest nation in Europe by 2033, fueled by our Deliveroo lifestyle.
A damning report warns fat levels will rise by a third in a decade – with nearly four in ten adults obese.
The UK currently holds the title of the most tubby nation in Western Europe, with 27.8% of Britons being dangerously overweight.
Only Malta and Turkey weigh heavier on the balance, according to the 220-page dossier.
But Britain will soon overtake them all on current trends at the top of European rankings, with experts predicting obesity levels to hit 37% by the start of the next decade.
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