Obesity is strongly associated with the risk of cancer. However most recently research done by the American Association for Cancer Research Special Conference Obesity and Cancer from January 2018 found that Premenopausal women with normal body Mass index (BMI) had an increased risk for invasive breast cancer.
Previously, it was found that postmenopausal women with normal BMI and higher levels of body fat had an unrecognized risk of developing cancer, in particular estrogen receptor positive breast cancer. Higher levels of body fat is also associated with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
While there are many ways to measure body fat most are not exact and dual energy X-Ray absorption (DXA) is probably the most accurate however none of these ways are simple to perform.
This research may change physician recommendations since currently BMI is the standard method of measuring risks.
The Pink Ribbon Symposium Healthy Eating Workshops in association with Kailo Nutrition addresses these concerns and ways to improve our nutrition. Our next class is in June.