As many as
180,000 Americans each year will die of cancers related to
obesity and lack of activity, according to the American Cancer
Society. Overweight people are particularly at risk for colon
and breast cancer, researchers say.
environment in which we live-where we work, where we
play, where we hang out-has really become a barrier in terms of making choices,
"says Colleen Doyle,
director of nutrition and physical activity for the cancer
society. "It's now harder for people to walk places or to find
safe places to be active. The environment really has an Impact
on the kind of Individual choices we make. We need walking
paths, bike lanes, buses that have racks for bikes."
and inactivity are like our version of the infectious diseases
of 100 years ago," says Dr. Anne McTiernan, director of the
Prevention Studies Clinic at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research
Center in Seattle and a member of the committee that wrote the
cancer society guidelines.
35 percent of all cancer deaths may be related to [being]
overweight and [an inherent] lack of activity," she says. "In
order to help people, we are really recommending that
communities get involved."
course, individuals can still make choices that lead to
healthier living. Eat better and exercise more. That means
eating at least five servings a day of fruit and vegetables and
getting moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.