Nutrition and physical activity

What we eat and drink may cause around 30 percent of cancers in industrialised countries.  

There is convincing evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing some of the most common cancers.

There is convincing evidence that being regularly physically active (being active everyday) reduces the risk of developing some of the most common cancers.

It is likely that eating more fruit and vegetables will reduce the risk of developing some cancers. Choose plenty of vegetables and fruits in a variety of colours every day.

The guidelines for reducing cancer risk are the same as guidelines for cancer survivors, cardiovascular disease prevention, diabetes prevention as well as general good health.

No particular foods or eating patterns are guaranteed to prevent cancer; however, some foods and eating patterns can reduce your risk.  

Nutrition and physical activity information sheets

Resources

For further information contact

Health Promotion 

Physical Activity and Nutrition

Level 6, Ranchhod Tower, 39 The Terrace

P.O. Box 651

Wellington 6011

admin@cancer.org.nz

Published Papers

The science behind our advice is based on the 2007 Second Expert Report by WCRF and AICR Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective and the Continuous Update Project (CUP), which looks at all the research available.

http://wcrf.org/int/cancer-facts-figures/link-between-lifestyle-cancer-risk/cancers-linked-greater-body-fatness

Last Updated: 17 March 2015