RISK FACTORS FOR CANCER: Obesity surpasses smoking in causing four common cancers- Cancer Research UK

According to recent research from the charity, obesity surpasses smoking in causing four common cancers- bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver cancer.

From the words of Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, “As smoking rates fall and obesity rates rise, we can clearly see the impact on a national health crisis when the Government puts policies in place – and when it puts its head in the sand. 

“Our children could be a smoke-free generation, but we’ve hit a devastating record high for childhood obesity, and now we need urgent Government intervention to end the epidemic. They still have a chance to save lives.

“Scientists have so far identified that obesity causes 13 types of cancer but the mechanisms aren’t fully understood. So further research is needed to find out more about the ways extra body fat can lead to cancer.”

You may also read: 8 ways to sooth a sore throat

The charity recently launched a campaign in the UK, increasing awareness of how obesity connects with cancer. The campaign has been criticised by members of the public, below are what some people are saying on Twitter:

The charity recently launched a campaign in the UK, increasing awareness of how obesity connects with cancer. The campaign has been criticised by members of the public, below are what some people are saying on Twitter:

Please remove these ads and stop this campaign. It’s fat shaming and contradicts the other great work you do as a charity— Rupert Cole (@RupertCole) July 2, 2019

I agree. Body shaming or fat shaming just makes people feel worse, and responsible for their cancer. It leaves them vulnerable to abuse form others when they exercise. Correlation is not causation. 
This campaign must cost millions. Wasteful and damaging,— Julie Taylor (@julie29a) July 1, 2019

Smoking is a behaviour. Obesity is an outcome of 1000’s of factors. Seriously, are you thick? How messed-up, fatphobic & empathy-free can you get? Why are you intent on rocketing obesity to sky-high levels? Is your business partnership with @SlimmingWorldbehind this?— Elizabeth Grey 🔶 🇪🇺 (@elizabethjgrey) July 1, 2019

Nevertheless, some others applaud the charity for the development.

Bravo @CR_UK, it’s time for #realtalk. It might be socially acceptable, like alcohol abuse, but it doesn’t mean individuals should be excused of bad decisions #everythinginmoderation— Adam Taylor (@Taylorman1982) July 2, 2019

Well done for having the courage to say it as it is. Obesity is a killer. Your job isn’t to make people feel warm and cuddly- you exist to educate and inform the public of the facts. Job well done.— stokebird (@MARYSCFC73) July 2, 2019

You may also read: 4 foods that burn (belly) fat- the secret to lasting weight loss

More so, “There isn’t a silver bullet to reduce obesity, but the huge fall in smoking over the years – partly thanks to advertising and environmental bans – shows that Government-led change works. It was needed to tackle sky-high smoking rates, and now the same is true for obesity.

“The world we live in doesn’t make it easy to be healthy and we need Government action to fix that, but people can also make changes themselves; small things like swapping junk food for healthier options and keeping active can all add up to help reduce cancer risk.”- Cancer Research UK’s prevention expert, Professor Linda Bauld added.

Photo: MATT CARDY/GETTY

You like it?
Share, to spread the Info...

Also Read:

Leave a Comment