As Australian obesity rates have increased over the past 3 decades, so too has a whole swag of disease ‘epidemics’ which can be directly linked to the excess weight we now carry. For example, the incidence of diabetes and heart disease has been steadily increasing in the last 20 years – but more disturbingly, the people contracting these types of disease are getting younger and younger. In a recently released report, it seems that this is now the case with bowel cancer as well.
Figures collated by Bowel Cancer Australia over the past 20 years reveal the number of bowel cancer cases diagnosed in people aged between 20 to 34 has risen by 64 per cent. Oncologists believe that this increase is most likely due to heavy alcohol consumption and rising obesity rates amongst ‘young’ people.
From a naturopath’s perspective, I feel the increased consumption of processed / refined food in our ‘everyday’ diet must also play a part in contributing to these alarming bowel cancer rates. The bowel is an elimination organ, and works most effectively when there are high fibre foods being consumed to stimulate regularity AND plenty of water lubricating the waste. Denatured foods (like takeaway) are over-processed and have little (if any) fibre, so this would certainly ‘slow’ the elimination process which would create a toxic environment in the bowel – a prime breeding ground for disease.
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