It is predicted that three out of four adults will be overweight or obese by 2035. The following Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and UK Health Forum report suggests that obesity could be associated with 670,000 to 700,000 extra cases of cancer over the next 20 years in UK. There would also be millions of new cases of Type 2 Diabetes, coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke. The dementia risk factor is left unexplored.
Rising levels of obesity are expected to cost the NHS an additional £2.5 billion per year by 2035; i.e. in addition to the amounts already “wasted” on obesity-related diseases.
Mundasad, S. (2016). Obesity ‘linked to cancer rise’. London: BBC Health News, January 7th 2016.
This relates to:
Tipping the scales: Why preventing obesity makes economic sense. London: Cancer Research UK / UK Health Forum, January 7th 2016.