“One third of Americans are obese by obesity standards,” says Dr. Archana Kudrimoti, a family physician in Hazard.
The same amount of people also have a greater risk of getting various forms of cancer. That's what a new study by the American Institute for Cancer Research found. Doctor Kudrimoti says even more alarming is the rate of obesity right here in eastern Kentucky.
“The prevalence in Perry County itself is about 31 percent, which is one out of three residents in Perry County,” says Dr. Kudrimoti.
It's not just being fat, though. Researchers say even a little flab around the belly increases the risk. The good news is that is something you can control.
One of the main contributors in the study...is red meat. Researchers recommend no more than 18 ounces each week...and suggest processed meat should be avoided all together.
Increasing fruits and veggies in the diet and more fiber will help them not only lose cholesterol but also decrease the risk of having colon cancer.
The study also found that mothers who breast feed decrease their risk of breast cancer.