Be a healthy weight
Reduce your waistline to under 94cm for men and 80cm for women
More than a third of Australia's cancer deaths relate to unhealthy lifestyles including poor eating and exercise habits.
Cancer Council research shows that a waistline of more than 94cm for men and 80cm for women increases the risk of some types of cancer, including cancers of the bowel, breast and oesophagus, while a waistline of more than 102cm for men and 88cm for women greatly increases your risk.
Maintaining a healthy weight is about getting the balance right between what you eat and how physically active you are.
- Reduce food and drinks that are high in fats and sugars.
- Limit alcoholic drinks as they are high in calories.
- Choose non-fat or reduced-fat milk and dairy products.
- Choose fish, poultry or vegetarian options instead of red meat for some meals.
- If your weight is increasing you may need to reduce the amount of food you are putting on your plate.
Visit the Cancer Council Victoria website for more information on maintaining a healthy weight or read past articles from our monthly cancer prevention newsletter for inspiration: