Cancer Research UK says being overweight or obese trumps smoking as the leading cause of four types of cancer.
NEW figures from Cancer Research UK show that people who are obese now outnumber smokers two to one in Yorkshire and The Humber, as the charity urges Government action to tackle obesity.
The news comes as Cancer Research UK launches a new campaign across the region designed to increase awareness of the link between obesity and cancer. In our region, 3 in 10 adults are obese.
Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, said: “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.
“Our children could be a smoke-free generation, but we’ve hit a devastating 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 wants the Government to act on its ambition to halve childhood obesity rates by 2030 and introduce a 9pm watershed for junk food adverts on TV and online, alongside other measures such as restricting promotional offers on unhealthy food and drinks.