Over 300 deaths from cancer attributable to overweight and obesity each year

A new study, published in the Irish Medical Journal has found that on average 310 cancer deaths each year are attributable to excess body weight.

The researchers used data on excess body weight from the Survey on Lifestyle and Attitudes to Nutrition in the Republic of Ireland. Excess body weight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25kg/m2 or above i.e. being overweight or obese.

The study also found that overweight and obesity is responsible for 4.5% of all cancers in Ireland, a yearly average of 784 new cases of cancer.

This research further adds to the evidence linking overweight and obesity with many cancers. Take a look at our practical advice on managing weight for adults and children.


Posted: 26/09/2017 12:47:04 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Cancer, Excess weight, Obesity, Overweight


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