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The figures from Cancer Research UK show a 45 per cent rise in the number of cases of cancer caused by excess weight in just two decades.
The charity - which is for the first time calling for a tax on sugary drinks - said urgent action is needed to tackle Britain's "alarming" obesity levels. On current trends, almost three in four adults will be overweight or obese bytheir study shows. PA In total, 39 per cent of the population would be obese — dwarfing the 33 per cent who will be overweight and the 28 per cent forecast to be of healthy weight or less.
Meanwhile the number of cases of cancer caused by excess weight will rise from 26, cases a year to 38, bywith almostmore cases of cancer due to excess weight during the two decades.
Health charities last night called for radical changes to the typical British lifestyle - which has already pushed obesity levels from just 3 per cent in the s, to 25 per cent today.
We must act now to combat this threat" Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK The report, published as the Government draws up a national strategy on childhood obesity, also calls for a 9pm watershed ban on TV advertising of junk food.
Separate research published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology says reducing the sugar content of soft drinks by 40 per cent could preventcases of diabetes in 20 years. Researchers at Queen Mary University, London, said targets to reduce sugar content, in the same way salt had been tackled, could mean one million fewer people became obese.
Supermarkets have said they would support such changes. Ten types of cancer are linked to excess weight which can also lead to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and a range of other health problems.
The Cancer Research UK forecasts suggest that in just two decades, excess weight will result in approximatelyavoidable cases of obesity-related diseases per year - including diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
The calls for a sugar tax follow those from Public Health England, more than 20 royal medical colleges and public health groups, and from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.
The Government is expected to publish a strategy to combat childhood obesity over the next month, but has so far resisted mounting pressure for a sugar tax. Prime Minister David Cameron is known to be against the move, with the Government thought to be more enthusiastic about introducing restrictions on advertising and marketing of junk foods.
Despite that, there have been indications that some ministers are relaxing their stance towards a sugar tax, according to reports in The Times newspaper. Senior ministers are said to be studying the proposals after evidence emerged proving a link between such a move and reduced levels of obesity.
A 10 per cent sugar tax on fizzy drinks in Mexico has cut sales by 12 per cent, in the first year it was introduced, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.Conclusions: Obesity rates are leading to a large health and economic burden.
The projected numbers are high and Mexico should implement strong action to tackle obesity. That means the obesity rate might rise even higher than 42%. Obesity is defined as having a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.
For instance, a person 5-feet-5 inches tall who weighs pounds has a BMI of 33 and is considered obese. London, Nov 4 (ANI): Cancer rates could double in the next 40 years unless actions are taken to stop the rising tide of obesity, health experts have warned.
Obesity is a public health priority for Governments at all levels in order to provide a co-ordinated approached. At a European level a Strategy on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity related Health Issues (European Commission, ) and the European Obesity Charter (World Health Organisation, ) has been developed.
Reducing unhealthy eating, increasing participation rates in physical activity. That means the obesity rate might rise even higher than 42 percent. Obesity is defined as having a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.
For instance, a person 5-feet-5 inches tall who weighs pounds has a BMI of 33 and is considered obese. He discovered that vehicle use has a correlation in the 99% range with national annual obesity rates. Extrapolating from that finding, as the number of obese people increases to over 9 billion people by , car usage will also increase.