Women who are obese have a 40% higher risk of developing at least 7 cancers. These include bowel, kidney, pancreatic, oesophageal, gallbladder, womb and post-menopausal breast cancers. The Cancer Research UK statistics show that obese women have around a one in four risk of developing a cancer linked to weight at some point during their lives.
Dr Julie Sharp commented on the findings: 'Losing weight isn't easy, but you don't need to join a gym or run miles everyday, or give up your favourite food. Just making small changes that you can maintain in the long term have a real impact.'
One of the easiest ways to make small sustainable changes is to start eating 5-a-day more often. We already know that eating 5-a-day as part of a balanced diet helps reduce the risk of certain cancers, but eating plenty of fruit and vegetables can also help you lose weight, as vegetables, in particular, are low in fat, sugar, calories and high in fibre.
Making vegetables tasty is the hard part, and that's where Thrive on Five can help. Check out our recipes here on our blog, or on our recipe page. There'll be many more really tasty and wholesome recipes in our book 'Thrive on Five' out in May, together with plenty of tips for squeezing a few more vegetables into your daily diet.
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