Be a healthy weight

Keep your weight within the healthy range and avoid weight gain in later life

This can help to protect against 12 types of cancer. Visit our Risk Factors section to find out more.

Tips to help you stay a healthy weight

Taking a few simple steps can make all the difference. If you’re overweight, losing even a few pounds will make a positive difference to your health.

Cancer prevention icon for weightReshape your plate

Feel fuller on fewer calories by swapping high-calorie processed foods such as biscuits, cakes, crisps and fast foods like pizza, chip and burgers, for fibre-rich wholegrains, vegetables, pulses and fruit.

Cancer prevention icon for weightKeep an eye on portion sizes

Too much of almost any food can cause you to gain weight. So only eat when you’re hungry and opt for smaller serving sizes to make it easier to control how much you’re eating.

Cancer prevention icon for weightRead food labels

Food labels include lots of useful information to help us make healthier choices. Use the front-of-pack traffic light label to see, at a glance, if a food is high, medium or low in fat, sugar and salt. You can also use food labels to compare calorie content and see how many servings are in a pack.

Cancer prevention icon for weightBe more active

Cutting down on screen time (time spent doing sedentary activities like watching television or using a computer) and keeping active can help you to maintain a healthy weight.