Be Active & Monitor Weight
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines ‘obesity’ or ‘being overweight’ as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health.
In South Africa there is an alarming increase in the amount of overweight and obese individuals, with more than 29% of men and 56% of women classified as being overweight or obese. Classified as a chronic disease, obesity is associated with an increased risk for cancers.
- Fact Sheet: Obesity and Cancer
- International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC): Cancer and Obesity Website
Research shows that obesity is linked to colorectal cancer – which is the 5th most common type of cancer among SA men & 4th most common for SA women (NCR 2010).
Researchers firmly believe that diet and lifestyle play an important role in reducing the risk for colorectal cancer.
Being overweight or obese increases the risk of several other cancers, including those of the breast (in women post-menopause), endometrium (the lining of the uterus), oesophagus, pancreas, and kidney, among others.
It is also linked to other non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and hypertension.
Body Mass Index & Healthy Weight
Read information in our ‘Time to Measure Up’ document regarding:
- how to determine your body mass index (BMI)
- assess whether your weight is healthy or not
- weight loss tips
- filling your shopping trolley with healthy food
- what your dinner plate should look like
Encourage Physical Activity
Adults: should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, above usual activities, on five or more days of the week.
Children and adolescents: should engage in at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity at least five days per week.
Check with your registered healthcare professional before starting an exercise programme.