Researchers estimate that 57% of children who are currently between 2 and 19 years old will be obese by age 35 if current diet and health trends continue. Currently, about 38% of American adults age 20 and over are obese, a number which has been steadily climbing since the 1970s. It was determined that while childhood obesity is a definitive risk factor for adult obesity, a high number of normal-weight children are still at risk for developing obesity later in life, according to the projections.
Last week’s article on metabolic syndrome outlined how lifestyle factors, including obesity, can lead to chronic disease. Included in these chronic diseases are many different forms of cancer. Cancer can be tricky to link to any one cause because there are so many different types. There is clear evidence, however, that many different forms of cancer have a direct link to obesity.
There is no question that our nation, and much of the world, struggles with many different chronic diseases. By definition, a chronic disease is one that lasts over a long period of time, many of which are never corrected and will last until death. These diseases are some of the leading causes of death in America, with heart disease being #1, followed by cancer and obesity-related diseases such as Type II diabetes. A common theme with these chronic diseases is that many, if not all, can be linked back to a condition called metabolic syndrome.