A recent study suggests that avoiding bacon and alcohol could further reduce the risk of cancer by a whopping 40%.
The World Cancer Research Fund research, which examined data from 51 million people, noticed that even the smallest amounts of processed meats and alcohol raised the risk of some cancers, according to the Evening Standard.
According to the investigation, obesity is advancing and overtaking smoking as the “number one risk factor for cancer”.
Data reveals that excessive weight is the cause of at least 12 cancers.
The study linked overweight people and their risk of developing liver, ovary, prostate, stomach, join bowel, mouth and throat, breast, gallbladder, kidney, oesophagus, pancreas and womb cancers.
The conclusions of the report will be shown at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, Austria.
The report says: “Avoiding tobacco in any form, together with appropriate diet, nutrition and physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight, have the potential over time to reduce much of the global burden of cancer.
“However, with current trends towards decreased physical activity and increased body fatness, the global burden of cancer can be expected to continue to rise until these issues are addressed, especially given projections of an ageing global population.
“If current trends continue, overweight and obesity are likely to overtake smoking as the number one risk factor for cancer.”
Only moderate amounts of red meat should be included in the diet, the guidance states, adding: “Eat little, if any, processed meat.”
A coalition of health organisations representetive Caroline Cerny, stated: “As this report shows, carrying excess weight can increase the risk of cancer.
“It is also linked to other health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, heart and liver disease plus mental health problems.
“But with one in three children overweight or obese by the age of 11, it’s not as simple as telling people to eat less.
“It’s clear we need an environment that supports and encourages healthy choices, rather than steering us towards unhealthy options with constant adverts, promotions and offers.
“The Government now has an opportunity to step up and publish a truly world-leading obesity plan with strong measures to curb the influence of junk food marketing.”
Recommendations are urging people to “drink mostly water and unsweetened drinks” and restrict or eliminate the intake of processed foods, including fast food and those high in fat, starches and sugars.
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