Obesity: A Growing Concern Transcript

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Date: September 2008
Duration: 0 / 01:34

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people considered overweight or obese in the United States has dramatically increased over the past 20 years. The colors on the map show the percentage of the population that is considered obese; darker shades of blue and shades of orange indicate higher percentages.

Today, more than one-third of adult women are considered obese, which means they have a body mass index of 30 or higher. Using the body mass index, a 5’4” woman is considered overweight at 146 to 174 pounds and obese at 175 lbs or more.

Compared with women who maintain a healthy weight, endometrial cancer is twice as common in overweight women and more than three times as common in obese women. High levels of estrogen and insulin in obese women may contribute to their increased risk for endometrial cancer. 

The symptoms of endometrial cancer include bleeding after menopause, irregular vaginal bleeding before menopause, unusual vaginal discharge, change in bowel or bladder habits, pain in the pelvic area, or pain during sexual intercourse.

To learn more about the relationship between obesity and endometrial cancer, visit the September issue of Focused on Health at www.mdanderson.org/focused. Speak to your health care provider if you have concerns about your weight or your risk for endometrial cancer.

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