Experts say guidelines should set lower drinking limits for fat people since alcohol causes more harm to them.
Obese people who consume more than 14 units of alcohol a week, as per recommendation by the UK, have a significantly higher risk of developing some cancers than skinny people.
To determine how many UK adults between the ages of 40 and 69 were affected by cancers related to alcohol, 400,000 data points has examined.
Alcohol seems to ‘amplify’ the harmful effects of fat levels. Those with the most fat were 53 per cent more likely to develop cancers including oral, throat, larynx, bowel, stomach, and liver in collation to never drinkers with the lowest body fat.
People with the least body fat drank within limits. Regardless, there were only 19% more likely to have a stroke.
The risks associated with drinking alcohol need to be made more apparent to obese people, especially those with excess body fat.
Men and women in the United Kingdom are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol every week, spread over three or more days.
Dr Inan-Eroglu, however, warned that these guidelines are too general, stating that obesity and average weight are not different.
If people of a healthy weight are allowed to have higher drinking allowances, it may be regarded as a ‘motivation’, as “if I eat less, I can drink more.”
According to Dr Inan-Eroglu, people who are overweight and obese need to drink alcohol cautiously.
‘From a cancer-prevention standpoint, total abstinence is the most effective course of action.’
The researchers also claim that some other factors may affect their results. Several factors contributed to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. These factors included age, sex, diet, education level, physical activity, smoking status, sleep duration, and socioeconomic status.
The National Obesity Forum’s chairman Tam Fry said: ‘This research is bad news for those who are overweight and have hangovers this morning, but it should inspire others.
Many people are unaware of how many calories they are eating because manufacturers are not required to put calorie counts on bottles of alcoholic drinks. This factor is causing cancer.
Drink in moderation. Don’t overindulge. Alcohol causes 46 new cancer cases in the UK every day, according to Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK.
A new study underlines the combined cancer risk of obesity and calorie-rich alcohol, yet another reminder of the damage that alcohol can cause.
According to the study, reducing alcohol consumption is one of the government’s key objectives in implementing the Obesity Strategy.
Our nation’s health should be protected by comprehensive alcohol advertising and availability regulations, as well as a minimum unit price.
‘We know for years that alcohol causes cancer and that even within the 14-unit guidelines in the U.K., the risk increases,’ said Alison Giles, chief executive of the Institute of Alcohol Studies.
Also, it is encouraging to see research looking at combined risk factors since this risk increases with body fat.
Better product labelling and public health campaigns are critical for raising awareness of the health risks associated with alcohol consumption.
Educating people with obesity about alcohol consumption as a cancer risk factor is another way healthcare professionals can help.
It will certainly be referred to as scaremongering by the alcohol industry. It is simply a question of people being able to know the health risks of alcohol before deciding how to consume it.
‘We believe it’s more effective to have clear information on packaging that helps consumers rather than alienates them,’ said Matt Lambert, chief executive of the Portman Group, an alcohol industry trade group.
People are likely to feel confused, patronized, and counterproductive if there are different kinds of guidance.
Furthermore, we are in favour of its inclusion on labels in addition to the CMO guidelines, which appear on a wide range of alcohol products in the UK. The label of nearly half of the products includes calories, so someone looking to lose weight will find it more useful.
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