A staggering 700,000 people could develop cancer in the next years due to being overweight or obese, the Daily Mail reports.
The figures come from a new report by Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum, which warns that three in four adults will be overweight or obese by 2035, if current trends continue.
Even if only 1% of these people could be prevented from going on to be overweight each year this could prevent more than 64,000 cancer cases over the next two decades and save the NHS £300m in 2035, the report estimates.
Cancer Research UK wants a 9pm watershed ban on TV advertising of junk food – and is backing the call for a tax on sugary drinks.
Alison Cox, director of cancer prevention at Cancer Research UK, said: ‘Kids are bombarded with advertisements for unhealthy food. It’s vital the Government restricts this kind of advertising if we are to give our children the chance for better and healthier lives.’