6 pound wise things you may not know about extra weight. With 70 percent of American adults and 33 percent of children now classified as overweight or obese, the obesity epidemic is not exactly a secret. Yet some recent findings about the causes and consequences of weight gain may surprise you.

Extra pounds means extra cancer risk. Estrogen some cancers of the breast, Insulin can lead to higher blood insulin levels for pancreatic, kidney, and colorectal cancers. Inflammation. Excess weight can lead to chronic, low-level inflammation that boosts the risk of cancers like adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Also, overweight is a cause of gastric reflux and heartburn.

Fat cells are hard to lose. Almost all the weight gain in abdominal body was increased in fat cell size. When people gained leg fat, they actually gained new fat cells, It is easier to shrink back down to their original size then to make fat cells go away.

A big waist isn’t good, no matter what your weight.

Saturated fats may boost deep belly fat.

Sugars may boost liver & deep belly fat. It is associated with an increased risk for insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and liver damage.

Even an extra 5 to 20 pounds matters. The weight gain essentially indicates that you’re on track to gain even more weight.

Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter January/February 2018 Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Michael Jenson director of the Obesity Specialty Council at the Mayo Clinic. ULF Riserus, associate professor of clinical nutrition and metabolism at Uppsala University in Sweden Kimber Stanhope, a researcher at the University of California, Davis