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Strong link between obesity and cancer risk – landmark report

A landmark study on the link between lifestyle and cancer found strong evidence that high body fatness and physical inactivity are causes of some common cancers.

The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research reviewed 7,000 studies on diet, exercise, weight and cancer published worldwide. New Zealand’s nutrition expert Professor Jim Mann was on the advisory group.

Their report makes ten recommendations to reduce the risk of cancer such as:

  • be as lean as possible without being underweight
  • be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day
  • Avoid sugary drinks and limit consumption of food and drinks high in fat, sugar and calories.
  • Read all the recommendations

    Read the report

    Landmark Report: Excess Body Fat Causes Cancer

    “People should aim to be at the lower end of the healthy weight range, according to a landmark report published today that links body fat and cancer more closely than ever before.”

    Read World Cancer Research Fund’s media release

    Government must act on cancer report

    The government is not doing all it should to protect people from cancer.

    Read FOE’s media release, 1 November 2007

    Published on November 1, 2007 in Health risks,International news