Global Burden of Cancer Attributable to High Body Mass Index

A study from the World Health Organization, and published in The Lancet, Oncology, estimates that worldwide 481 000 or 3·6% of all new cancer cases in adults (aged 30 years and older after the 10-year lag period) in 2012 were attributable to high BMI.   Corpus uteri, postmenopausal breast, and colon cancers accounted for 63·6% of cancers attributable to high BMI.   A quarter (about 118 000) of the cancer cases related to high BMI in 2012 could be attributed to the increase in BMI since 1982.    The study cites 2012 data.