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Voluntary rules will not stem the obesity epidemic

Without prompt action, obesity could cause 70,000 new cases of cancer in the UK in the next two decades, warns Cancer Research UK
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Most people don’t know that extra inches around our waist increase our risk of developing cancer, and worryingly there has been a steady increase in obesity rates in the UK over the last two decades.

Cancer Research UK has shown if nothing is done, obesity could cause 670,000 new cases of cancer over the next 20 years in the UK. This would make obesity the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking.

Right now, one in three children in England are overweight or obese when they leave primary school. And an obese child is five times more likely to be an obese adult with an increased risk

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