British women 'overweight'

The waistlines of 57% of British women are too big, according to new research. Larger waistlines are linked to infertility and cancer.

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Extra fat around waist increases cancer risk

New figures show two-thirds of overweight people know they are at increased risk of cancer but don't have the willpower to lose weight. Cancer Research UK says 19 thousand cases a year could be prevented if overweight or obese people started to exercise more and eat a healthy diet.

Dr. Julie Sharp from Cancer Research UK says carrying extra weight, particularly around the waist, increases the risk of cancer.

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Expanding waistlines can trigger cancer and diabetes

A report by the health charity Nuffield Health found the average waist measurement for women is almost 5cm larger than the recommended healthy size of less than 80cm. Researchers says it could lead to higher risk of cancer, diabetes and fertility problems.

More than half of women have unhealthy large waistlines Credit: PA

A separate report from Cancer Research UK found almost two-thirds of overweight people know the health risks but fail to do anything about it. They say 68% of women and 60% of men felt they did not have the willpower to shed the excess weight.

Large waisted women risk long term health problems

New research has found that more than half of women have waistlines that are too big, putting them at increased risk of serious conditions such as diabetes and cancer. The report by Nuffield Health warns that the fat of a 'muffin top' releases chemicals that can trigger long term health problems.

  • 57% of women have a larger than healthy waist size
  • 52.5% have a body mass index that exceeds the healthy range
  • Women in the north of England have the largest waists, averaging 87cm
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