October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Being overweight is a bad thing. Yup not only do most women feel like they do not fit the stereotype of a 'perfect' body (whatever that really is!) but it also has quite a few implications on your health. One such ill effect of being overweight is breast cancer. Not only does being obese or overweight increase your chances of contracting the disease but it also affects your heart and can put you at risk of suffering from diabetes and hormonal imbalances. How does being obese increase your chances of suffering from breast cancer?