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Obesity in Kenya and the risk of cancer

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Obesity affects the whole population of the world and we Kenyans are not excluded from this problem. Even though in many parts of the world we are known to have high performance athletes, we also suffer from this health disorder that can become the cause of cancer.

In Kenya, the Ministry of Health has said that a third of Kenya’s women are overweight or obese. The ministry noted that there was a shift in the trend of obesity from minors to adults mainly due to poor feeding habits among the latter.

Obese people have a greater risk of developing different types of cancer. There is a consistent evidence that higher amounts of body fat are associated with malignancies of kidney, breast, ovary, pancreas, colon, rectum and other diseases including:

· Liver cancer

· Breast cancer

· Kidney cancer

· Pancreatic cancer

· Endometrial cancer

· Gastric cardia cancer

· Colorectal cancer

· Gallbladder cancer

· Ovarian cancer

· Esophageal cancer

· Thyroid cancer

The good news is that cancers could be prevented every year if everyone has a healthy weight. To avoid this situation, Mobile Health by Orange suggests you to change your eating habits. It is important to eat regularly and avoid skipping meals. Prevent the sedentary lifestyle by exercising, going out to exercise with friends and having fun, so let's move Kenya and have a better life.

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