Obesity is a preventable risk factor for cancer. Research shows that excess body fat in obese people due to obesity may increase the risk for cancer. Experts believe that it is mostly due to inflammation caused by visceral fat- fat that surrounds the body's vital organs.
Preventable risk factors for heart disease can be achieved by making lifestyle changes. Approximately half of Americans (47%) have at least one out of three major factors that can increase the risk of heart disease. These are high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and smoking.