Obese Boys at Higher Risk of Inflammation, Bowel Cancer

boy_eating_burgerThis month as we focus on men’s health, it is important to remember that healthy habits start early. With obesity rates rising steadily among American children, teaching our adolescent and teenage boys the value of a wholesome diet and an active lifestyle is now more important than ever, especially in light of a new report.

Researchers from the United States and Sweden recently completed an analysis of more than 240,000 boys between the ages of 16 and 20 to determine whether or not being heavier at a young age affected bowel health later in life. As it turns out, the more weight the boys carried, the higher their risk of developing bowel cancer as well as widespread inflammation.

Over a period of more than three decades, researchers monitored the boys’ height and weight as well as inflammation levels in the body and found that those who were “very overweight” or obese in young adulthood—with a BMI ranging from 27.5 to over 30—doubled their risk of developing bowel cancer in adulthood in their 50s. In addition, those with a high inflammation rate were 65% more likely to develop bowel cancer, spotlighting the relationship between chronic inflammation and disease.

Bowel cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women.i Report authors point out the importance of advocating a healthy diet and lifestyle early on to promote bowel health and wellness later in life.

i http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/statistics/

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Get Grilling! 3 Delicious Father’s Day Recipes

grilled_fishPlanning on grilling out this weekend? Instead of the same ol’ burgers and brats, show dad the love with healthier choices like chicken and seafood, along with fresh veggies and seasonal fruits. Here are three quick and easy recipes to help you get started!

Zesty Chicken Burgers
Serves 2, double as necessary

Ingredients:
½ pound ground chicken
2 shallots, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp. cayenne
1 egg white, lightly beaten
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 lemon, halved

Directions: Mix all ingredients except lemon in a large bowl. Shape into patties and chill for 30 minutes to set. Place patties on a gas or charcoal grill and cook 5 to 6 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Squeeze lemon over cooked burgers and serve with salad greens or grilled veggies.

Grilled Salmon with Mango Relish
Serves 2, double as necessary

Ingredients:
½ small mango, pulp removed, diced
2 tbsp. diced red bell pepper
1 tbsp. diced red onion
1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp. grated lime zest
½ tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
Two 4-oz. fillets wild salmon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions: To prepare the relish, combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl; chill 1 hour. Before grilling, season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Grill until fish begins to flake, about 4 minutes per side. Top with relish and serve.

Grilled Shrimp & Veggie Kebabs
Serves 2, double as necessary

Ingredients (kebabs):
½ lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 large onion, quartered and cut into thick slices
1 large red bell pepper, cut into large slices
1 large yellow bell pepper, cut into large slices
10 cherry tomatoes

Ingredients (dressing):
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. fresh parsley, minced
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Directions: Soak wooden skewers in water for 10 minutes (to prevent burning during cooking). Thread shrimp and veggies onto skewers. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, parsley and black pepper; drizzle over kebabs. Grill over medium heat approximately 3 minutes on each side. Serve hot.

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