Three thousand Dutch woman and almost 2,000 Dutch men develop cancer every year because they are overweight, according to calculations by the World Health Organisation.
More overweight women than men develop cancer because common female cancers are related to weight issues, such as post-menopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer, WHO is quoted by the Volkskrant as saying.
The research is based on an analysis of BMI (body mass index) statistics and does not take the impact of food or exercise into account.
Nine cancers appear on the World Cancer Research Fund’s list of cancers which are related to body fatness.
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