According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there is growing data suggesting a strong relationship between excess body weight and increased risk of certain types of cancer. Current research, as shown in the infographic below shows the significant cancer risk of excess body weight, poor nutrition and physical inactivity. It also highlights ways to reduce that risk by following ACS guidelines for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. So next time you are thinking of losing weight to fit into your high school dress or pants size, don't forget that your general health, immune system and life span will greatly benefit as well in the long term.