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Obesity and inactivity fuel global cancer epidemic

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:945
  1. Debbie Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Obesity and lack of exercise contribute to up to a third of cancers of the colon, breast, kidney, and digestive tract, says a new report from the World Health Organization. The study was prompted by concerns that obesity and its attendant health risks constitute a growing global epidemic.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that obesity causes 300000 deaths in the United States annually, a number exceeded only by deaths related to tobacco. Half of European adults and …

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