Obesity Linked to 12 Types of Cancer in New Report


-After a cancer diagnosis, follow your healthcare professional's recommendations. The WCRF also warned against relying on dietary supplements and emphasized the benefits of breastfeeding babies. High weight gain (defined as an increase of 10kg or more in 6 years) was associated with a 36% increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, a 40% increased risk of endometrial cancer.

WCRF says one in six deaths globally are already caused by cancer. It is linked to cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colorectum and breast.

The WCRF updated the health guidelines after compiling health data on more than 51 million people.

The study, which will be presented at the European Congress on Obesity, found a heightened risk among children who were overweight at eight years old and went on to have above average weight gain during puberty.

The World Cancer Research Fund urges people to limit alcohol consumption but states: 'For cancer prevention, it's best not to drink alcohol'.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has unveiled a 10-point plan to cut your risk of getting cancer by up to 40%.

Susannah Brown, senior science program manager with WCRF, told Newsweek: "This report contains significant findings on how diet, weight and physical activity affect cancer risk and show how important adopting a healthy lifestyle is to reducing cancer risk".

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The report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: A Global Perspective, is based on an ongoing review of decades of evidence by independent experts worldwide. "Our cancer prevention recommendations work together as a blueprint to beat cancer that people can trust, because they are based on evidence that has now proved consistent for decades".

The aim of the report is not to worry people, she said.

The study, which tracked more than 137,000 Norwegian women for 18 years, found that the odds of developing certain cancers rose as waistlines expanded.

"While there is no one food or diet that will prevent cancer - this report is a powerful reminder that we can all make simple changes to our lifestyle to help reduce our risk", says Pratt.

"If current trends continue, overweight and obesity are likely to overtake smoking as the number one risk factor for cancer".

"It's clear we need an environment that supports and encourages healthy choices, rather than steering us towards unhealthy options with constant adverts, promotions and offers". These also include being a healthy weight, staying active and eating a diet rich in wholegrains, vegetables, fruit and beans but low in red and processed meat and processed foods high in fat, starches or sugars. "There are no guarantees against cancer, but even small changes you can stick with can add up to make a big difference".