TACKLING OBE­SITY COULD PROLONG THOU­SANDS OF LIVES

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MORE than 40,000 lives could be saved in the UK by 2030 if peo­ple were a healthy weight, re­search sug­gests.

Pre­ma­ture deaths from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, can­cer, chronic res­pi­ra­tory dis­ease and di­a­betes could be cut by 31% com­pared with cur­rent pre­dic­tions if obe­sity was wiped out, a study found.

Re­searchers, who pre­sented their find­ings at the Euro­pean Congress on Obe­sity in Glas­gow, found that obe­sity di­rectly ac­counts for about four mil­lion deaths glob­ally in a year.

Dr Kate Allen, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of sci­ence and pub­lic af­fairs at the World Can­cer Re­search Fund, said: “In the UK, over 60% of adults are over­weight or obese.

“It will take a whole-of-so­ci­ety, whole-of-gov­ern­ment ap­proach to solve the global obe­sity epi­demic.”

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