Over 700,000 people could develop weight-related cancer

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Nearly 700,000 people could develop a weight-related cancer over the next two decades, according to Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the UK Health Forum. 

The report predicts that by 2035, 3 in 4 adults will be overweight or obese, with the majority actually being obese by 2030. 

This will lead to a higher risk of 10 different types of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. 

Cancers linked to obesity include bowel, breast, gallbladder, liver, kidney, womb, pancreatic, oesophageal, and aggressive forms of ovarian and prostate cancer. 

Immediate action needed

CRUK is calling for action to be taken immediately on the growing problem that will cost the NHS an extra £2.5bn a year by 2035. 

The charity says that if just 1% of these people dropped down to a healthy weight, it could prevent 64,000 cases of cancer over 20 years and save £300 million in 2035 alone. 

As part of its campaign to reduce obesity, it is calling for a 9pm watershed ban on TV advertising of junk food and a 20p per litre tax on sugary drinks. 

The move has been backed by celebrity chef and food campaigner Jamie Oliver. 

A Public Health England report also backs it up, saying a sugar tax of 10% to 20% could work alongside a ban on advertising unhealthy foods during family TV programming. 

Government strategy doesn’t include ‘sugar tax’

While the government is making moves towards tackling obesity, it has resisted a sugar tax on drinks or food. 

A Downing Street spokesperson says the Prime Minister believes there are "more effective ways” of tackling obesity. 

Alison Cox, director of cancer prevention at CRUK says the Government should restrict the “bombardment” of advertisements for unhealthy food aimed at kids. 

Paul Lincoln, chief executive officer at the UK Health Forum, hopes the Government will use its planned childhood obesity strategy to tackle the availability, affordability and promotion of unhealthy foods.

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