Caroline is head of World Cancer Research Fund
The report found that excess body fat is linked to a number of common cancers, including colon, kidney, breast, womb, stomach and liver.
It complements World Cancer Research Fund’s own conclusions that being overweight increases the risk of 11 types of cancer.
In fact, around 25,000 cancer cases could be prevented in the UK if everyone was a healthy weight.
Fortunately, many of the lifestyle choices we can make to help stay a healthy weight and reduce cancer risk are reassuringly simple. These include:
- Being more active
- Keeping an eye on portion sizes
- Cutting back on fatty and sugary food and drink
The new report was published shortly after the Government released its plan to tackle obesity in children.
I have blogged before about my belief that this long-awaited strategy does not go far enough if obesity rates in the UK are to be reduced.
World Cancer Research Fund therefore urges the Government to look at the new IARC report and reconsider its own proposals, including, for example, introducing restrictions on the advertising of junk food.