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We're Fat and It's Killing Us

Tuesday, the CDC reported that being overweight or obese is associated with higher risk of 13 different cancers.

They put that into further perspective with two additional pieces of data: first, two-thirds of American adults are overweight, and second, in 2014, there were 630,000 diagnoses of those forms of cancer in the U.S. That is, cancers associated with being overweight.

Over a third of Americans are obese. Now, that’s not someone’s judgement call. That is a statistical finding, based on studies of body mass index (BMI). Here's a link to the formula so that you can calculate your BMI.

A friend of mine said he is writing a three-hundred-page book on diet. On one page it has “Eat Less”. The facing page has “Exercise More” for all three hundred pages.

There is no mystery here. We know what to do. I'm not going to body shame you. This is a math question. If your BMI is over 25, you are overweight. If your BMI is over 30, you are obese.

From a brain health perspective, if it’s bad for your heart it’s bad for your brain. Obesity is very bad for your heart. And if you die from cancer, whatever work you’ve been doing to protect your brain is lost.

Let’s get busy.

As part of your program to stay moving, may we suggest our travel exercise kit?  A bargain at 25 bucks; lightweight; throw it into your carry-on bag when you travel.

Let’s build bigger, healthier brains.

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