Obesity and Cancer Linked
- Parent Category: Lower-Intermediate News Lessons
- Category: Health Lessons
- Written by Chris Cotter
Obesity causes heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In fact, the American Institute for Cancer Research believes that obesity causes more than 100,000 cases of cancer each year in the US. This statement is supported by the annual number of cancer cases. It is the first evidence that shows the link between cancer and obesity. However, health experts already know that obesity shortens the survival rate of people with cancer. Leaner and healthier lifestyles are important to reduce the risks of cancer.
Obesity starts in childhood, which shouldn't be a surprise. After all, children copy the eating habits of their parents. If mom and dad often eat fast food, children mistakenly believe that hamburgers, fries, and jumbo-sized soft drinks are okay choices.
New evidence shows that weight problems are caused by other reasons too. In addition, these causes are not so obvious. For example, if very young kids drink two or more sweetened drinks daily, then they tended to weigh more and have more body fat. In addition, past studies show that overweight teens have a greater chance of becoming obese adults, which then leads to health problems like cancer.
Obesity is a major concern, and something must be done.
Preview some of the lesson material:
Warm Up: Do you agree or disagree? Why?
- Obesity is a serious problem.
- Obesity should be called a disease like cancer or AIDS.
- Cancer is a serious problem.
- Obesity causes cancer.
- I'm very concerned about my health.
Fragments: Remember how the fragments were used, and complete the sentence from today's article.
- In fact, the American Institute for Cancer Research believes that obesity...
- After all, children copy the...
- New evidence shows that weight problems are...
- Obesity is a major concern, and...
post-Comprehension: Talk about the following questions in pairs/groups. Remember to support your answers!
- How serious of a problem is obesity? Please explain.
- What are some reasons that people become obese? Are any of these preventable?
- How concerned are you with serious illnesses, like cancer? Please explain.
- What should parents do in order to prevent obesity in their children?
- Should the government or other organizations do anything to limit obesity?
Google Search: Type "obesity" into Google. Look at the websites, and/or read additional articles on this topic. Discuss or write an essay about your findings.