Being overweight now causes more cases of four common cancers than cigarettes.
A Cancer Research UK study has revealed that excess weight is a bigger cause of bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver cancer than tobacco.
About 15 million adults in Britain (29 per cent) are obese, more than double the 6 million adult smokers (14 per cent). This is a reversal from the early 1990s, when 27 per cent of adults smoked and 15 per cent were obese.
The charity’s first warning that being overweight is the leading cause of some cancers comes after it faced criticism for an advertising campaign that drew parallels between obesity and smoking.
Obesity remains the second biggest preventable cancer cause overall, blamed directly for about 22,800 cancers every…