It’s no secret that being overweight or obese can affect your overall health. When you’re overweight, you increase your chances of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and depression, but did you know being overweight increases your risk for cancer? In 2014, obesity increased the risk of 13 different types of cancer, which together accounted for about 40 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States. In the same year, about two out of three adults in the United States were considered obese, but only half of Americans were aware of the link between cancer and obesity. It’s predicted that in just a few years, obesity will surpass smoking as the most preventable cause of cancer.
When it comes to losing weight, we’ve heard it all comes down to proper diet and exercise. But even if you’re watching your weight and exercising on a regular basis, you could still have a hard time losing weight. If you’re looking to get into shape then you may be excited to hear that quality sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.