WEDNESDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight and obese
people in the Asia-Pacific region have a significantly increased
risk of dying from cancer compared to those of normal weight, finds
a new study.
Researchers analyzed data from over 424,500 adults in Asia,
Australia and New Zealand. Overall, those who were overweight or
obese were six percent and 21 percent, respectively, more likely to
die from cancer (excluding those of the lung and upper digestive
tract) than normal-weight people.
The study also found that obese people were significantly more
likely than normal-weight people to die from colon, rectal,
ovarian, cervical and prostate cancers and from leukemia. Obese
women over 60 were also significantly more likely to die from
breast cancer than women of normal weight.
Despite differing dietary and other lifestyle risk factors, the
study did not find "a higher relative risk for cancer mortality in
Asian populations compared with Western populations for the same
level of BMI (body mass index), as has been suggested for diabetes
and cardiovascular disease," wrote Christine Parr, from the
University of Oslo in Norway, and international colleagues.
They called for "effective strategies to prevent the increasing
proportions of overweight and obese people in Asian populations ...
to reduce the burden of cancer that can be expected if the obesity
The study appears online June 29 in
The Lancet Oncology.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about
obesity and cancer.