Obesity to Overtake Smoking as Lead Cause of Cancer

Leading doctors say that obesity could replace smoking as the main cause of cancer if current trends continue.  The warning came yesterday at the world's biggest conference on cancer - The American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago.

One in five cancer deaths is already caused by obesity and obesity kills tens of thousands a year in the UK.  About 25% of British adults are obese and many more overweight.  Tom Stansfield of Cancer Research UK said 'the number of people who are overweight or obese in the UK is at an all-time high and isn't showing any signs of decreasing.  Carrying excess weight increases the risk of up to ten different types of cancer including breast and bowel.  It's vital people have the information and support they need to make healthier food choices and be more active in order to achieve a healthy weight.

Eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day as part of a balanced diet is the clearest, most unambiguous piece of dietary advice given by the World Health Organisation over the last 25 years.  Including more vegetables in our daily diets is one of the easiest ways to make small and sustainable changes to our lives to help protect against both obesity and cancer.