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"Obesity is the new smoking." Being overweight is an increasingly important cause of cancer
The number of overweight people is increasing every year. Today, obesity rivals smoking as a leading cause of cancer and plays a significant role in 13 different types of cancers, specifically those of the bowel, kidney, ovary and liver, warns Cancer Research UK (CRUK), a leading British cancer charity.
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The number of overweight people is increasing every year. Today, obesity rivals smoking as a leading cause of cancer and plays a significant role in 13 different types of cancers, in particular, bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver, warns Cancer Research UK (CRUK), a leading British cancer charity.
“As smoking rates drop and obesity rates rise, we can clearly see the impact of the national health crisis … Our children could be a smoke-free generation, but we have reached a disruptive childhood obesity record and now we need urgent government intervention to end the epidemic. They still have a chance to save lives,”said Michelle Mitchell, CEO of CRUK.
According to CRUK, overweight causes 1900 more bowel cancers in the UK each year, 1400 more kidney cancer, 460 more ovarian cancer and 180 more liver cancer.
The organization issued its warning after Public Health England and the Office for National Statistics released figures showing the decline in smoking in the UK. In 2018, the overall smoking rate dropped significantly - to 14.7% (5% less than in 2011). And according to 2016 data, 26% of British adults were determined to be obese, while 40% of men and 30% of women were overweight.
“This study serves as further evidence that obesity is a new smoking, and we cannot win the“battle against swelling”on our own. Families, the food industry and government all have a role to play if we are to avoid copying America's devastating and costly example,”said Simon Stevens, executive director of the National Health Service of England.
“The causes of obesity are complex, but we know that the environment we live in plays a huge role, and this is currently heavily skewed towards unhealthy options. This is why we need the government to continue with plans to ban unhealthy food advertisements on television and on the Internet until 9pm, reduce the amount of junk food advertised in supermarkets, and remove sugar from everyday food and drink,”Caroline Cerny said. Cerny of the Obesity Alliance.
CRUK supports such an agenda. According to their prevention expert, Professor Linda Bauld, “There is no silver bullet for reducing obesity, but the huge decline in smoking in recent years - thanks in part to advertising and environmental bans - shows that government change work. This was necessary to cope with high rates of smoking, and now it applies to obesity."
Despite similar trends, Russian data on obesity and smoking differ somewhat. So, according to the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, since the beginning of the active anti-tobacco campaign, the number of smokers has decreased by 21% and is now 30%.
On the other hand, the number of obese people is growing steadily - from 2012 to 2019 it has doubled. In general, 26% of women and 14% of men suffer from overweight. However, after 40, every third is overweight, and the largest risk group is people over 55.