HealthDay reporter Meryl Hyman Harris reports that the connection between obesity and cancer is, sadly, a well-kept secret.
More U.S. citizens know the correct number of judges on American Idol than know that being fat helps cause cancer.
According to a new poll of more than 2,000 adults for the American Cancer Society, just 8 percent were aware of the link between being overweight and cancer risk, but 65 percent knew how the popular TV show works.
Experts say the obesity-cancer connection needs a lot more press.
The problem "has to do with communication from the health profession, which includes us as registered dieticians," said David Grotto, a spokesman for the American Dietetic Association. "We need to do a better job of communicating the risk of obesity with many types of diseases."