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Obesity Epidemiology$
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Frank Hu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195312911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195312911.001.0001

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Obesity and Cancer

Obesity and Cancer

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Obesity Epidemiology

Frank B. Hu

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the link between obesity and cancer. Topics covered include epidemiology of adiposity and cancer risk, effects of adiposity on cancer outcomes, and methodologic issues. Further research defining the causal role of obesity and cancers of specific sites is needed, including mechanistic research, and studies that are able to separate the effects of obesity and several highly correlated factors such as physical activity and dietary composition. At present, the biological mechanisms linking overweight and obesity to many forms of cancer remain poorly understood.

Keywords:   obesity research, cancer risk, epidemiology, adiposity, physical activity, dietry composition

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