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3 Scary Things You're Exposed to That Can Make You Fat and Give You Cancer

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Did you know there are chemicals you're potentially exposed to that can make you gain weight and cause cancer? These chemicals are found in things you drink everyday or places you walk next to!


It's well-documented that toxins around you can make you fat. But some of these toxins can also cause cancer! Here are a few common chemicals you might be routinely exposed to that can cause you to gain weight and increase your risk for cancer:

Alcohol, like beer and vodka, contains acetaldehyde -- a known carcinogen. Drinking alcohol also makes your liver too busy to help your body process carbs and fats. Your metabolism becomes less efficient while your liver is processing the alcohol, and your body is likely to store more of your food as fat.

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Soda containing benzene salts can have low amounts of benzene. Benzene is a carcinogen. Drinking soda can make you gain weight because it's packed with sugar and calories – some sodas have more calories than a slice of apple pie!

Construction sites are common sources of asbestos exposure. If you're routinely exposed to asbestos, like if your daily commute passes through construction sites or your gardening disturbs asbestos-containing rocks, it could increase your chance of developing mesothelioma. This is a scary respiratory cancer that only has a 5 to 10 percent chance of survival during the first five years.

Although asbestos doesn't directly cause you to gain weight (in fact its symptoms include weight loss), some chemotherapy treatments can cause weight gain.

If you want to stay cancer-free and keep your nice waistline, stop drinking soda and alcohol. You should also try to keep your asbestos exposure down by avoiding routes with construction sites or gardening on land with asbestos-containing rocks.



With respect to sugar-sweetened beverages, or soft drinks specifically, there is no need to eliminate these products from one’s diet. These beverages come in a wide variety of calorie counts and sizes and can be incorporated into a healthy diet and active life. As science has repeatedly reaffirmed, these beverages and their ingredients are safe. They do not uniquely cause cancer, nor are they a standalone risk factor for obesity. Many variables contribute to these complex health conditions; not any single food, beverage or ingredient. Comprehensive education that teaches healthy behaviors is more beneficial than attempts to pin the blame on specific types of calories.