A new study suggests the links between diet, skin cancer and obesity may be greater than previously thought.
The findings suggest that the body of food that we eat and the amount of fat it contains are linked to a person’s risk of developing the disease.
The research was conducted by the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health and the School of Food Sciences at the Australian National University.
The researchers looked at more than 15,000 Australians and identified those who had higher body mass index (BMI) scores, or those who ate the most calories.
The study found that people with higher BMI scores had a 30 per cent higher risk of skin cancer compared with those who were healthy weight.
This means the BMI difference was greater for people who were obese, compared to healthy weight people.
The average BMI for Australians aged 20-34 is around 29.7.
It is important to note that BMI is a marker of body fat, not how much you are actually fat.
If you are overweight, your BMI will be the same as a person who is normal weight.
If your BMI is normal, you are considered to be overweight.
However, if you are obese, your weight is a function of how much fat you have.
If people are overweight but have a healthy weight, their BMI will increase by about 1.8 per cent.
But for those with a higher BMI score, their risk of dying from skin cancer was significantly higher.
The report found that if a person with a BMI of 35 or above were to eat an average of 431 calories a day, the risk of their skin cancer would increase by 1.2 per cent per calorie.
People who were overweight or obese had a higher risk than those who weren’t.
For example, people with a high BMI score who ate about 1,300 calories a week had a 29 per cent increased risk of being diagnosed with skin cancer.
Dr Sarah Nisbet, one of the study’s authors, said: ‘While this finding may sound like a cause for concern, we are not suggesting that it is a cause of concern in general.’
Dr Nisbert said that the increased risk was only a significant risk when people ate at high levels of calories.’
When the person eats more calories than they need, they’re more likely to die from skin cancers,’ she said.
Dr Nissbet added that this study showed that people who ate a lot of unhealthy foods such as fast food and fried foods had a much higher risk.’
It is possible that this excess fat could be driving the rise in skin cancer risk,’ she added.’
But we need to understand more about why this is the case and why people are eating so much fat and fat-rich foods.’