There’s a problem with overweight and obesity that has nothing to do with body image or dress size.
It’s the rise in the most common gynaecological cancer – endometrial cancer which develops in the lining of the uterus.
It’s also the gynaecological issue most strongly linked to obesity – says Associate Professor Pamela Pollock of the School of Biomedical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology.
Yet this connection between body weight and endometrial cancer isn’t high on our radar.
But it should be.
Rates of this cancer have increased over the last two decades in western countries like Australia – the US and Britain because of the rise in obesity.
This same rise in obesity is also driving an increase in the numbers of younger women under 40 affected by the disease according to Professor Andreas Obermair – director of research at the Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Research at the University of Queensland.