Fixing this One Condition Could Greatly Reduce Your Risk for Cancer

Because I find that I am usually in total agreement with his opinion and the ideas he proposes, once a month I post a link to one of Dr. David Katz’ articles.  The last one (in June) was entitled : “A “Food Category” That is Making our Children Sick: The Case for Eradicating ‘Kid’ Food”.

Today I decided to address a health issue that is one of the biggest culprits that generates a variety of diseases, a health issue that does not discriminate between young and old, that culprit is Obesity.

According to data from, it is estimated that 1 out of every 3 cancer deaths in the United States is linked to excess body weight, poor nutrition, and/or physical inactivity. These factors are all related and may all contribute to cancer risk, but body weight seems to have the strongest evidence linking it to cancer. Excess body weight contributes to as many as 1 out of 5 of all cancer-related deaths.

Being overweight or obese is clearly linked with an increased risk of many cancers, including cancers of the:

  • Breast (in women past menopause)
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  • Colon and rectum
  • Endometrium (lining of the uterus)
  • Esophagus
  • Kidney
  • Pancreas
Being overweight or obese also likely raises the risk of other cancers, such as:
  • Gallbladder
  • Liver
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Cervix
  • Ovary
  • Aggressive forms of prostate cancer
In addition, having too much belly fat (that is, a larger waistline), regardless of body weight, is linked with an increased risk of colon and rectal cancer, and is probably linked to a higher risk of cancers of the pancreas, endometrium, and breast cancer (in women past menopause).


Four years before I was diagnosed, I had gained 25 lbs. that I could not shake off, not excessive … but enough to add to my risk factor.  Parents who do not address their own or their children’s tendency to carry extra weight may be putting themselves and their loved ones on that waiting list above. Not something you would intentionally do.

Rewarding children with sugary or high fat treats is easy, convenient and I’m sorry to say, irresponsible.  With all that we know today, it is a sad statement that we can’t make the effort to find, or make ‘treats’ and meals that are actually good for us.

6 out 10 people who are enjoying a burger and fries should not even be at the burger joint.  I’ve watched couples who are 60 lbs+ over weight order Sodas, Fried Onion Rings and Bacon n Cheese Burgers.  What is that all about?  We can’t control what our hands put into our mouths.

We don’t stop to think that there are only TWO CHOICES when it comes to food: 1) It is going to make you healthy  or 2) It is going to make you sick.

Below is an excerpt from the middle of Dr. Katz’ article with a link to the full article at the bottom.

As a culture, we are drowning in calories of mostly very dubious quality, and drowning in an excess of labor-saving technology. I have compared obesity to drowning before, but want to dive more deeply today into the implications for fixing what ails us.

Let’s imagine, first, if we treated drowning the way we treat obesity. Imagine if we had company executives on panels telling us why we can’t really do anything about it today, because it is so enormously complicated. Imagine if we felt we needed panels and committees to do anything abouHelp!t epidemic drowning. Such arguments could be made, of course.

For, you see, drowning is complicated. There is individual variability — some people can hold their breath longer than others. Not all water is the same — there are variations in density, salinity, and temperature. There are factors other than the water — such as why you fell in in the first place, use or neglect of personal flotation devices, and social context. There are factors in the water other than water, from rocks, to nets, to sharks.

The argument could be made that anything like a lifeguard is an abuse of authority and an imposition on personal autonomy, because the prevention of drowning should derive from personal and parental responsibility.

The argument could be made that fences around pools hint at the heavy hand of tyranny, barring our free ambulation and trampling our civil liberties.

We would, if drowning were treated like obesity, call for more personal responsibility, but make no societal effort to impart the power required to take responsibility. In other words, we wouldn’t actually teach anyone how to swim (just as we make almost no systematic effort to teach people to “swim” in a sea of calories and technology).

Were we to treat drowning more like obesity, we would have whole industries devoted to talking people into the choices most likely to harm them — and profiting from those choices. One imagines a sign, courtesy of some highly-paid Madison Avenue consultants: “Awesome rip current: Swim here, and we’ll throw in a free beach towel! (If you ever make it out of the water…)”

If we treated swimming and eating more alike, we would very willfully goad even the youngest children into acts of peril. An announcer near that unfenced pool would call out: “Jump right in, there’s a toy at the bottom of the deep end! And don’t worry, the pool water is fortified with chlorine — part of a healthy lifestyle!”

I could go on, but you get the idea. But you also, I trust, have reservations. As you recognize that treating drowning like obesity would be ludicrous, you must be reflecting on why drowning isn’t like obesity. I’ve done plenty of just such reflecting myself, and here’s my conclusion: time.

The distinction between drowning in water, and how we contend with it, and drowning in calories and sedentariness, is the cause-and-effect timeline. In the case of water, drowning happens more or less immediately, and there is no opportunity to dispute the trajectory from cause to effect. In the case of obesity, there is no immediacy; the drowning takes place over months to years to decades. It’s a bit blurry.

Really, that’s it. If you disagree, tell me the flaw — I promise to listen.

Please read the full version here.

~ Be Well!


10 thoughts on “Fixing this One Condition Could Greatly Reduce Your Risk for Cancer

  1. Hoda do you work with individuals to help them get healthy? If so how does it work? I have recently gained weight through eating more than I need and eating out using food for emotional reasons . I haven’t been this heavy in this shape for a long time. I am away this week but as a cancer survivor I am concerned, and would be interested installing to you. I have a counselor and an excellent chiropractor who gives me supplements from Standard process, made from foods.

    Sent from my iPhone

    1. Yes, I do work with people who want to alter their diet and improve their weight. I consult on both diet and targeted supplements (depending on each situation) and can show you how to cook what you eat for maximum nutrients and how to evaluate a ready-made product before purchasing it. I charge an hourly fee. Contact me when you return. hugs, H

  2. I think most of the eating habit is developed during childhood. We traveled with a guy from Greek who was like over 350 lb and he was hungry all the time. He said that his parents used to feed nonstop when he was a baby….

  3. I am very overweight. It takes a lot of time to prepare more healthy meals. I like foods with lower calories. I have a bone disease which prevenys me from getting out regularly to shop. Then I am overly tired for half a day. I cannot stand, walk or sit for more than 15 minutes. I would like to weigh less. I also use insulin. My weight went up with increasing insulin dosage. I eat chicken, fish & lean pork. Cannot eat beef, lamb, turkey. I get venison from another state. I drink only water. I am too tired to go shop, to have only low Cal, low fat, low sugar meals all of the time. I have to force myself to do just what is necessary, & I am behind in at least 5 things needed to be done. I need to get new handicap tags, I need to get a walker, I need to see a lawyer, I need to see a dentist, & doctor, & get the mail. These have been stalled. I get sick when I get hot! Hard to go out without getting too hot. It takes me days to recover from being too hot, or in the sun. Then, when there is criticism of overweight people, my depression plummets.

    Thanks for tonight’s new low, cooking up the cure. My meds cause depression, too, along with the diabetes, and bone problems, and knowing people are not going to be very understanding with an old fat woman. Gee

  4. I use your recipes frequently, & I eat lots of greens, cauliflour, broccoli. I simmer my chicken, & I like it like that. Then after removing the fat, I have the best broth to use with my veggies & quinoa. I do crave steak & gravy, but beef causes severe bone pain, as does turkey. I have lots of positive habits, too. Gee

    1. Gee, I can’t imagine anything more difficult than when we have bodies that are less than cooperative, and we have to live an altered life to accommodate that. Thank you for sharing your challenges, my heart goes out to you.
      I immediately thought of a few things I wanted to ask you, and a couple of recommendations. Could you please send me a message here so I can respond via email?
      It upsets me when people talk about ‘fighting’ their weight, which thankfully you did not. We don’t want to ‘fight’ with our bodies, we want to offer them a healing path. You are doing many things that are right on track… Good For You!
      Look forward to hearing from you. Hugs, Hoda

  5. You are the best Hadhoud…
    Have you heard of cannabies oil,they say its making miracles especially to people who have cancer

    1. Yes, and I have looked into some of the claims.. they seem to be pretty good. In the US it is still illegal to use cannabis derived products, so we are a long way from providing people with no hope otherwise to this option.
      It is available mostly out here on the West Coast.. but at a high cost (about $2500/month) for those who are willing to take a risk and find a supplier.
      Those who have put their cancer in remission after being diagnosed at Stage 3 swear by its healing properties and no adverse effects.
      More to come I’m sure.

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