- Many locals are unaware that Obesity can cause cancer
- Obesity can also influence breathlessness, increased sweating, snoring back pain, and often feeling tired.
- Need for more sensitization especially on Obesity and cancer
By Joseph Odama
West Nile-Obesity which seems to be increasing among Ugandans is one of the factors that can influence cancer which some locals here have expressed ignorance of its link to cause cancer, doctors have said.
The term ‘Obese’ describes a person who is overweight with a lot of body fat which can sometimes be determined in a person by Body Mass Index (BMI).
However, majority of people in West Nile and Uganda as a country seem not to be aware about influence of Obesity in causing cancer of the various types.
Director of Uganda Cancer Institute, Dr Jackson Oryem confirmed that Obesity can cause cancer of various types including breast cancer, which is mainly as a result of too much accumulation of fat in the body that results into over weight of a person.
He disclosed that level of obesity among Ugandans is still low but there is high chance of its high prevalence as people like eating light foods that contains a lot of calories.
Dr Oryem called upon people to embrace eating the various traditional foods and undertake serious exercise once over weighting.
Lagu George from Maracha district in West Nile region says hearing about obesity influencing cause of cancer in human beings has taken him by surprise about which he needs to undertake his own research.
Molly Bako says she hears about cancer but she does not know what obesity is and how it can influence cause of cancer. She called for more sensitization about obesity influencing Cancer and other types of cancer as well.
According to NHS Choices, a UK based health website, obesity can also cause other diseases like type 2 diabetes, bowel cancer, womb cancer, coronary heart disease and high blood pressure.