Studies Link Obesity and Cancer

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Sharon Carter does everything that she can to lose weight.

After years of overindulging, she said she eats three healthy meals per day, her snacks are healthy and they are few and far in between.

Carter regularly walks and sometimes jogs for exercise, and she also encourages Nichelle, her 15-year-old daughter, to eat only in moderation and to join in her daily regimen.

“Exercise, watching my diet, watching my daughter’s diet is important because we do have some [obese] individuals in my family,” said Carter, 48, of Northeast. “We also know that too much weight gain often leads to other problems.”

Two new studies presented on Nov. 3 at the American Institute for Cancer Research’s annual meeting in Northwest revealed that obesity increases the risk of certain types of breast cancer in postmenopausal black and Latino women.

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