The Fuzzy Nutter

Food and Self-Loathing: It’s Good to be Fat, Now Put Down the Bacon

Posted by MSeech on November 18, 2007

A study linking the inceased risk of cancer to excess body fat came out in late October. But the anti-bacon report was followed a few days later by another study claiming that a little extra flab might help people live longer.

Michael Thun, head of epidemiological research for the American Cancer Society, says, “People are not paying nearly enough attention to the relationship between obesity and increased cancer risk.” The report also found:

•Every 1.7 ounces of processed meat consumed a day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21%.

“This is a wake-up call for people who eat hot dogs or pepperoni pizza regularly,” Collins says. “They need to be looking for other alternatives. But you can still occasionally have a hot dog.”

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