Booze, Bacon and Obesity Linked to Stomach Cancer – NBC News

Map of Obesity in Adult Females (% of adult po...

Map of Obesity in Adult Females (% of adult population with BMI 30+) per country. Using data updated until December 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Obesity map 2006

Obesity map 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a must-read report from NBC. It cites a new report looking at what causes stomach cancer found three new somewhat surprising links: alcohol, processed meat and obesity.

Source: Booze, Bacon and Obesity Linked to Stomach Cancer – NBC News

Excess  alcohol, process meat and obesity are all unnatural, so it’s surely not so surprising that these are linked to stomach cancer.

If people abuse themselves with excess and the burden falls on the wider society, like in the UK’s example the NHS, it is the responsibility of governments to intervene.

Let me ask an open question:

How should responsible governments intervene to reduce consumption of alcohol, processed meat and increasing obesity?

Thoughts?

The higher a teenager’s BMI the greater their risk of early death as an adult | Daily Mail Online

Body mass index (BMI) values

Body mass index (BMI) values (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Citing scientific research at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, the Daily Mail reports that teenagers with a body mass index of 20 or above – normal weight is deemed a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 – are at greater risk of early death from heart disease.

Source: The higher a teenager’s BMI the greater their risk of early death as an adult | Daily Mail Online

Clearly, what is regarded as normal needs to be adjusted for lazy lifestyle, absence of exercise and too much processed food. Policy-makers still seem to be way behind the curve – experimenting with sugar taxes is not enough. Governments need radical reform.

Let me turn this to an open question:

What are the principle elements of a radical reform strategy to tackle advancing obesity, especially in the young?

Thoughts?