(ABC)-- We have all heard packing on the pounds can do medical damage: high blood pressure, increased risk of diabetes, even more heart attacks.
But did you know that obesity is also associated with an increased risk of cancer?
In 2002, The World Health Organization found that maintaining a normal weight can help prevent colon, esophageal, kidney, breast and uterine cancer.
But a new report released from WHO Thursday, in the New England Journal of Medicine says that gaining excess weight is linked to eight other cancers: Stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, ovarian, thyroid, a type of blood cancer known s multiple Myeloma and a type of brain cancer-Meningioma.
For some of these, like esophageal cancer, being obese can make your risk go up almost five times the normal rate?
What's worse, as the pounds add up, so does the risk.Being slightly overweight can make your risk for uterine cancer almost double, but having an even higher BMI or crossing the line into obesity can increase your risk seven times.
Obviously, losing weight is important for many reasons. Now we know it can lower your risk for many cancers.