High weight gain linked to cancer
÷ Avoiding obesity, as well as maintaining a stable weight in middle adulthood, could help prevent certain cancers in women. ÷ Research presented at this year’s European Conference on Obesity found women with a high weight gain — an increase of 10kg or more across six years — were near twice as likely to develop pancreatic cancer. ÷ Obesity and weight gain are well-known to independently increase theriskof several cancers, often referred to as “obesity-related” cancers. ÷ Previous studies have shown that it’s not just having a high body mass index (BMI) that contributes towards an elevated cancer risk, but that a large gain in weight, irrespective of starting BMI is a contributory factor to the risk of certain cancers. ÷ However, there are few published studies in nationally representative populations of women on specific, obesity-related cancers, such as pancreatic and kidney cancer, in relation to prior weight change. The sample group consisted of 137,205 women.