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Excess body fat, especially around the waistline, appears to be as important as body mass index (BMI) in increasing the risk for a range of cancers known to be associated with obesity, reveals a meta-analysis that underscores the importance of lifestyle on cancer risk.
An analysis of data on more than 43,000 individuals revealed that, while increases in BMI raised the risk of developing a group of 10 obesity-related cancers by 11%, similar increases in waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) raised the risk by 13% and 15%, respectively.
The research is published in the May 23 issue of the British Journal of Cancer./.../