Cancer sucks plain and simple.

My mother was an amazing woman and we had a great relationship, but if there was ever a bone of contention between us, it was her smoking.

Not just a cigarette with a drink or maybe a pack every two weeks, but we are talking two packs a day. I hated it, I had to have friends vouch for me in high school that I was not a smoker when teachers pulled me aside convinced because my clothing reeked of smoke.

I knew for a long time that her smoking would lead to her death, I was just hoping it would be a little later in life, rather than earlier. At 64, she was dead.

An article came this week with the headline, “40% of Cancers Are Linked to Being Overweight” which caught my attention . . . or more honestly ‘Holy S—!”

The good news is non-obesity related cancers have gone down by 13% from 2005 – 2014. Which is great news, but the problem is, in that time frame, obesity-related cancers have increased 7%.

We actually are winning the war on cancer but when 40% of new cancers are weight-related, it really slows that progress.

I have written before about my thoughts on why we are so fat, and how sugar and carbohydrates combined with sedentary lifestyles are the reason for our ever-expanding waistlines.

In 2014, about 630,000 Americans were diagnosed with a cancer associated with excess body weight. Based on a review of more than 1,000 studies, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has identified 13 such cancers: esophageal, colorectal, endometrial, gallbladder, stomach, kidney, liver, ovarian, pancreatic, thyroid and postmenopausal breast cancers, as well as meningioma and multiple myeloma.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a pillar of perfect fitness and I certainly have my fair share of buffalo-chicken pizza weight to loose. I think seeing a number associated with such a scary disease really hits home for me when I think about my mother passing away.

I mean, 40% of cancers are caused by our own doing. Drinking and eating to excess while refusing to exercise. Wow.

I always understood that being overweight increases your chances of cancer, but I didn’t know how it affects and changes the body and it comes down to inflammation.

You can read more in this article, but it seems to boil down to excess long-term inflammation in the body

High-levels of long-term inflammation—the immune system’s response to injury, illness, or other disturbances in the body—has been shown to fuel the growth of cancer cells.

So, will sugar and overeating be our generation’s cigarettes? It certainly is looking that way. The question is, are we going to do anything about it?