The Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship was founded to help bridge the gaps in knowledge surrounding the relationships between physical activity, nutrition, obesity, and cancer.
The Center uses advancements in the energy balance research field to improve interventions which modify unhealthy behaviors in people at risk for cancer, patients and survivors, and to deliver innovative change at the clinical level.
By fostering a collaborative, trans-disciplinary environment, our research will advance the science related to:
- cancer prevention and survivorship–related interventions;
- the ways in which key energy balance concepts affect cancer biomarkers; and
- the biological and psychosocial mechanisms behind weight, eating behavior, and physical activity.
The National Cancer Institute gives an overview of "what is energy balance?":
"Energy balance refers to the integrated effects of diet, physical activity, and genetics on growth and body weight over an individual's lifetime. Scientists are increasingly aware of the importance of understanding the effects of energy balance on the development and progression of cancer and on cancer patients' quality of life after treatment. Weight, body composition, physical activity, and diet affect many physiologic systems and can alter the cancer process at many points." Learn more on the National Cancer Institute's website.
Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
P.O. Box 301439, Unit 1330
Houston, TX 77230-1439
For information on current research studies, please contact the team directly. Phone numbers can be found on their respective fliers. For any additional inquiries please email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Confidence Builds Better Exercise Habits for Cancer Survivors
Breaking research is beginning to show the interplay between self-efficacy, or confidence, and exercise duration. Dr. Basen-Engquist and her team found that for every point increase in daily self-efficacy the participants performed 6 minutes more of moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise that day. Finding novel ways to increase cancer survivor’s daily self-efficacy to exercise and be healthier is one of the Center’s future research interests.
Citation: Basen-Engquist, K. and et al. (2013). Social-Cognitive Theory Predictors of Exercise Behavior in Endometrial Cancer Survivors. Health Psychology, Epub ahead of print.
Surprising Obesity Facts
Some surprising facts about obesity:
- 2 in 3 US adults are overweight or obese
- $190.2 Billion is spent annually on obesity-related illnesses. That is more than alcohol and smoking combined.
- $4.3 Billion is lost in workplace productivity due to obesity-related absenteeism
- Obesity can cause cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, depression AND cancer.
Citation: IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2012. Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Image adapted from: American Cancer Society. (2013). Body Weight and Cancer Risk [Infographic]. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/research/body-weight-and-cancer-risk-infographic.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
It is now being shown that physically active cancer survivors of colon, breast, and prostate cancer, experience decreased risk of recurrence and increased survival. Stage III colon cancer survivors that did at least 18 MET-hours of activity each week saw a 47% increase in their disease free survival. 18 MET-hours of activity is the equivalent of walking briskly for 6 hours, casually biking for 4.5 hours or dancing for 4 hours.
Meyerhardt, J., et al. (2006). Impact of Physical Activity on Cancer Recurrence and Survival in Patients With Stage III Colon Cancer: Findings From CALGB 89803. J Clin Oncol, 24(22), 3535-3541.
From 2007-2010, the average US adult ate 11.3% of their daily calories from fast food! The 20-39 age group was the highest with approximately 15% of their daily calories from fast food. Regardless of age, overweight and obese individuals got the highest percentage of calories from this food source. If you are trying to lose weight, consider reducing your fast food consumption. You will not only save calories, but also reduce your fat and sodium intake!
Citation: Fryar CD, Ervin RB. Caloric intake from fast food among adults: United States, 2007-2010. NCHS data brief, no 114. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2013.
Image adapted from: HBO’s Weight of the Nation. (2010). Portion Distortion in Snack Foods [Infographic]. Retrieved from http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/digital-assets/.
Bariatric Surgery Does Not Reduce Health Care Costs
A medical data review of almost 30,000 morbidly obese US adults who elected to have bariatric surgery was compared to another group of almost 30,000 morbidly obese adults who did not have surgery. Their health c care costs were compared over 6 years and it was found that there was no difference in spending between the two groups. The best way to reduce obesity-related healthcare spending is to avoid the problem before it starts! Eat right, exercise and stay lean for the longest and most prosperous life possible!
Citation: Weiner, J. and et al. (2013). "Impact of bariatric surgery on health care costs of obese persons: A 6-year follow-up of surgical and comparison cohorts using health plan data." JAMA Surgery: 1-8.
The Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship is a research center for professionals who are working in or are interested in energy balance topics such as diet, physical activity, and obesity and how these affect the cancer continuum. We use a trans-disciplinary approach that brings population scientists, basic scientists and clinical researchers together in a collaborative environment.
Benefits of Membership
- Participation in Center activities
- May propose work groups to be supported by Center
- Relevant energy balance-related research will be highlighted on the Center website
- Included in online membership directory
- Opportunity to present at retreats
- Receives quarterly newsletter
- Discount registration fees to Center-sponsored workshops
Requirements of Membership
- Attend at least 2 Center events/year
- Update directory information at least once/year
- Acknowledge any financial or staff support received from the Center in publications
If you are interested in joining, please take a moment to complete the Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship membership form.