100 calories a day = 1 stone extra in weight in a year
Yes, you read that right.
The World Cancer Research Fund has been in touch with me and asked if I would pass over some vital facts and figures and since we all want to live a long and healthy life I thought it would be a good idea, plus reading the press release scared me a little bit as an extra 100 calories is so easy to eat on a daily basis and not really think about.
Being overweight or obese is one of the leading cancer risk factors
May 13 was Cancer Prevention Week, World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has launched the 100 Calorie Challenge to encourage people to make small dietary changes to cut their risk of cancer. Cutting 100 calories from your daily diet is relatively simple – equal to cutting out one-and-a-half digestive biscuits – but the cumulative effect of such a small daily amount could prevent nearly an extra stone in body weight over a year.
This strategy of small changes could prevent additional weight gain and help reduce cancer risk. Small sustainable changes are easier for people to follow and better than larger ones that can’t be maintained.
Being overweight or obese is second only to smoking as the biggest risk factor for several types of cancer.
In the UK, 18 per cent of cancer cases are linked to being overweight or obese and could be prevented if everyone were a healthy weight. This amounts to 22,110 cases of cancer a year and relates to cancers of the bowel, breast, pancreas, womb, oesophagus, gall bladder and kidney.
World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) raises awareness that cancer is largely preventable and helps people make choices to reduce their chances of developing the disease.
This includes funding scientific research into how cancer risk is related to diet, physical activity, and weight management, and health information programmes that highlight the fact that about a third of the most common cancers could be prevented through changes to lifestyle.
What to do now?
Sign up to the 100 Calorie Challenge
For more information about WCRF
WCRF UK is part of the network of charities dedicated to the prevention of cancer. The WCRF network is led and unified by WCRF International, a membership association that operates as the umbrella organisation for the network. The other charities in the WCRF network are American Institute for Cancer Research in the US; Wereld Kanker Onderzoek Fonds in the Netherlands; and World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong.