New analysis from Cancer Research UK has found that excess weight more cases of certain cancers than smoking, as the number of people who are obese now outnumbers those who smoke two to one in the UK
According to the charity, almost one third of UK adults are obese, and being overweight or obese is now the leading cause of four different types of cancer, despite the fact that smoking is still the biggest preventable cause of cancer and much higher risk of the disease
The data shows that excess weight causes around 1
"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," said Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK's chief executive
"Our children could be a smoke-free generation, but we've hit a record high for childhood obesity, and now we need urgent government intervention to end the epidemic. They still have a chance to save lives. ”
The charity is urging the government to" act on its ambition to half childhood obesity rates by 2030 and introduce to 9pm watershed for junk food on TV and online ", alongside other measures
It has also launched a new nationwide campaign to boost public awareness of the link between obesity and cancer.