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    I'm totally new to the forum, and my copy of PB hasn't arrived yet, but I was just watching CNN and this story disturbed me a bit.


    http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/11/05/obesity.cancer.link/index.html


    I'm not sure of the depth of the study, but they make it seem like obesity is the causative factor of the cancers, rather than that the obesity and cancer are both likely due to poor lifestyle choices. I was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this.


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    Allbeef, there is a very strong link between chronic inflammation and cancer. And obesity is a major inflammatory agent. So therefore yes, indirectly, obesity promotes cancer.

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    SerialSinner, I suppose that is another way to look at it, but I can't shake the "what came first, the chicken or the egg?' aspect of the argument.


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    Since one of the root problems is chronic inflammation, it comes down to whether obesity is a result of inflammation or vice versa. My take is the latter.


    You can suffer from chronic inflammation without being obese. And as far as I know, adipose tissue sole existence promotes chronic inflammation. Obesity, therefore, came first.

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