Obesity epidemic 'will lead to rise in cancer'

Posted on 12 September 2011

Leading a healthy lifestyle is a known way to cut cancer risk, with the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) recommending maintaining a healthy weight.

Professor Martin Wiseman, medical and scientific adviser for the WCRF, said that after not smoking, being physically active and eating a good diet are the best ways to reduce the risk of developing the disease.

He recommended a plant based diet which includes plenty of wholegrains, fruit and vegetables and modest amounts of meat and dairy. Consuming too much alcohol, salt or processed meat should also be avoided.

The expert warned that the obesity epidemic could see a rise in cancers.

"If nothing is done, we can expect an inexorable rise in obesity and inactivity around the world, even in places where hunger is common, and this will lead to more cases of cancer as surely as night follows day," he said.

Meanwhile, figures from the WCRF estimated that around 2.8 million cancer cases a year globally are linked to diet, physical activity and weight.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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