You might be wondering if a very plus size individual can be healthy if fat or sugar feed cancer cells.
“Sugar is the main culprit to feeding cancer cells,” says Dr. Keith Kantor, a leading nutritionist and CEO of the Nutritional Addiction Mitigation Eating and Drinking (NAMED) program, which treats substance abuse, mental illnesses and other illnesses.
“Fat does not directly feed cancer cells like sugar, but consuming too much sugar can cause excessive fat buildup in the body which increases inflammation and risk for numerous chronic diseases like cancer.
“Adipose tissue, especially around the abdominal region, is extremely inflammatory, which can increase the risk for cancer too.”
Though a mice study in Cancer Research (2012, Kolonin et al) says that obese cancer patients have a more dismal prognosis, the consumption of excess sugar perhaps out-ranks surplus fat as a trigger for the development of cancer.
Obesity IS a risk factor for some cancers such as colon, uterine and breast.
A plant based, whole foods diet (or one that is mostly so) is linked to a lower incidence of cancer.
There is no need to be perplexed over which “feeds” cancer more: sugar or fat.
Both are bad for the body, and both are strongly associated with the development of, and prognosis for, certain cancers.
The solution if you’re confused is to restrict, if not eliminate, processed foods. In a modern society, this is very difficult to do, but you’ll benefit from an ongoing effort.
If you’re overweight, then make an effort to lose the excess fat. This will be a natural outcome if you switch to a plant based diet of mostly non-processed foods.
But it’s also crucial that you add cardio and strength training workouts to your lifestyle.
People who regularly work out and have a healthful diet, and who are not overweight (and who also don’t use tobacco), are less likely to develop cancer overall.
Dr. Kantor has a PhD in nutritional science and a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, has appeared on CNN and Fox News Channel for his expertise, and has been an advocate of natural food and healthy living for 30+ years.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.