A new British report suggests that rising levels of obesity and the unhealthy weight of the general population could lead to a vast increase in the number of cancer cases.
The Cancer Research UK and UK Health Forum Predicts that there could be an increase of 670,000 cases by 2035.
A report produced by the organisation suggests that advertising regulation related to food should be made considerably more strict.
In particular, the Cancer Research UK and UK Health Forum suggest that commercials for certain foods should be banned before the 9 o’clock watershed.
Recent studies suggest obesity is linked to several cancers – including oesophageal (gullet), womb, and bowel tumours.
In addition, being overweight is also associated with a wide range of debilitating health conditions, such as diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Yet population data suggest that Britain has never been in worse physical shape.
For some male age groups, as much as 80 per cent of the population can be considered overweight, and this pattern is reflected across all other demographics as well.
The work of researchers in this report also suggests that a rise in the number of people who are overweight or obese would contribute to 4.6 million additional cases of type-2 diabetes and 1.6 million extra cases of heart disease by 2035.
Not only will this have dire consequences for the population, but the financial cost to the NHS is also considerable.
Experts believe that the NHS may be forced to shell out an extra £2.5 billion for 2035 alone.
This latest report will renew political calls for a sugar tax on unhealthy food and drink.
This is indeed contained within the text of the document, with a 20p per litre tax on sugary drinks suggested in particular.
Yet it is debatable whether this could be expected to have a serious impact on the health of the population.
Critics of the policy and libertarians alike will both suggest that it is little more than a revenue generating mechanism.
Although the rate at which obesity is increasing in Britain has noticeably declined, the fact is that from an already serious situation, the number of overweight people continues to climb.
Professor Susan Jebb, at the University of Oxford, commented on the outcome of the report, and stated that addressing this issue is critical.
“Most people know that smoking causes cancer, but fortunately, most people in the UK now don’t smoke. And for them, managing their weight is the single most important thing they can do to reduce their risk of cancer.”