Healthy Peterborough

Keeping a healthy weight to reduce cancer risk

Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help you keep a healthy body weight. After smoking, obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer. In England, over 60% of the population is overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of some cancers including:

  • Bowel cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Breast cancer if you are a woman who has been through the menopause
  • Cancer of the womb (uterus)
  • Kidney cancer

You can find out whether you are a healthy weight by using the BMI healthy weight calculator.  The good news is that small changes to your lifestyle that you keep up over time can lead to a reduction in bodyweight.

Ten top tips for a healthy weight:

1.   Eat regular meals and don’t skip breakfast – eat at the same time each day
2.   Choose reduced fat options e.g. dairy products, spreads and dressings

3.   Walk it off – fit in a brisk walk into your daily routine
4.   Pack a healthy snack e.g. fresh fruit instead of crisps or biscuits

5.   Watch out for food labels – check fat and sugar content on your food
6.   Be careful with your portion size and think twice before having seconds
7.   Give yourself a break from sitting – keep moving during the day
8.   Think about your drinks – choose water or sugar free options and limit fruit juice to one glass a day

9.   Focus on your food - don’t eat on the go
10. Don’t forget your 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day whether fresh, frozen or tinned

For some more ideas and tips to keep a healthy weight visit NHS Choices.  Try the One You Quiz for support to help you get back to a healthier you. 


No comments have been left for this article

Have your say...

Your name will be published alongside your comment but we will not publish your email address.

All comments will be reviewed by a moderator before being published.

Please ensure you complete all fields marked as mandatory.
Healthy Peterborough is led by:
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Peterborough Pharmacies
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust