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Waist size and cancer

Waist size: linked to cancer
Waist size: linked to cancer

There is an interesting article on the NHS Choices website responding to this week’s news coverage about a study suggesting people with large waists are at risk of dying young.

Cancer is one of the diseases identified as being linked to a large waistline.

This fits with the findings of the Expert Report World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) published in 2007, the biggest ever review of the evidence on how cancer risk is affected by diet, physical activity and body fat.

The Expert Report concluded there is convincing evidence that being overweight increases risk of six different types of cancer, including breast cancer and bowel cancer.

In fact, scientists now say that, after not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is the most important thing you can do for cancer prevention.

This is why we recommend aiming to be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.

It also concluded there is convincing evidence that “abdominal fatness”, which is fat carried around the middle, is a separate risk factor for bowel cancer.

The report also found that abdominal fatness probably increases risk of pancreatic cancer, postmenopausal breast cancer and cancer of the endometrium (womb lining).

For more information, you can download our Staying Lean for Cancer Prevention publication from the WCRF UK website.