Simon Stevens: Obesity has become the “new smoking”

Dr Bob Ryder (Website Co-ordinator, Clinical Lead, ABCD Nationwide Audits)
Date of the announcement: 
Tuesday, 4 June, 2019

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England, has warned, that “obesity is the new smoking”, after calculations showed that cancers caused by obesity will increase by 62 per cent by the end of the next decade. Some 360,000 people in Britain will get cancer because of their weight in the next ten years, the projections estimate, meaning that the UK is fast catching up with the US.

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