Being obese increases the risk of dying from cancer amongst Asia-Pacific populations, finds new research involving over 10,000 New Zealanders.
According to anti-obesity campaigners, cancer is the least well-known danger of being obese.
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“Overweight people, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25-30, had a 6 per cent higher risk.
“The researchers studied more than 400,000 Asia-Pacific people, including 10,400 New Zealanders.
“The increased risk mainly related to cancers of the large intestine, breast, ovary, cervix and prostate, and leukaemia. The authors said strategies were urgently needed to stem the obesity epidemic.”