Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference, and their Risk Regarding Cancer

Madissen Davidson


Healthcare officials and doctors alike know that the more added fat that an individual has the higher their risk is for developing numerous ailments including cancer. In order to measure the health risks that additional fat has, the healthcare system uses the body mass index and waist circumference. Determining an individual’s health and their risks for developing cancer is greatly important due to the rising obesity crisis. Progress has been made to combat the obesity epidemic as the fight to end obesity is also a fight to decrease the possibility of a cancer diagnosis. An obstacle that researchers in this field face is that research studies can only inform the public of its findings. To help end obesity and prevent cancer; public health policies and lifestyle changes must occur as well.

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