Be a healthy weight
Keep your weight as low as you can within the healthy range
There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing 11 different types of cancer.
- To find out which ones, visit our Risk Factors section.
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.
Reshape 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.
Keep 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.
- Look at our portion size poster (pdf) to see what's a healthy amount
- For information and tips, download our free Be a Healthy Weight (pdf) booklet
Read 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.
Be more active
Keeping active helps burn calories, which are stored as fat if they are not used.