Report on determinants of weight gain, overweight and obesity

The World Cancer Research Fund have released a report on the determinants of weight gain, overweight and obesity as part of their Continuous Update Project which has identified 12 cancers causally linked to greater body fatness.

The report found that there is strong evidence to suggest that the following reduce the risk of weight gain, overweight and obesity:

  • Walking and aerobic physical activity
  • Consuming foods containing dietary fibre
  • Consuming a “Mediterranean type” diet – one high in fruit and vegetables, nuts, grains, fish and unsaturated fats such as olive oil
  • Breastfeeding – reducing the risk in children

There is also strong evidence to suggest that the following increase the risk of weight gain, overweight and obesity:

  • Long periods of screen time associated with sedentary activity
  • Consuming sugary sweetened drinks
  • Consuming ‘fast foods’ – convenient energy dense foods that are typically eaten in large portions
  • Consuming a ‘Western type’ diet – one high in free sugars, meat and fat

For more information on a maintaining a healthy diet take a look at the Food Pyramid and Eatwell Guide.

Posted: 14/11/2018 10:10:24 by Joanna Gallagher
Filed under: Fibre, Obesity, Overweight, Physical activity, Screen time


 

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