Baby Boomers Worry About Cancer, But Not Obesity

by Dana Demas

A new survey finds that 44% of baby boomers worry most about cancer.

But it’s calories, not cancer, that boomers should be counting on as hazardous to their health.

Each year, more than 562,000 people die from cancer. Heart disease claims 616,000 lives every year. While the two may appear to be equal offenders, when you consider the role that obesity plays in cancer, the numbers tell a different story.

In addition to heart disease, people who are obese have a higher risk of developing six types of cancer: breast, colon, endometrial, esophageal, kidney and pancreatic. Ultimately, what we eat (or don’t eat) and how active we are make the biggest difference for our health and longevity.

What do you think – do we fear cancer more because it’s the unknown? Just 13% of those surveyed reported they worried most about heart disease, which is largely modifiable by diet and exercise.

Check out healthy eating tips here and why a no-diet diet is the way to go.