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:

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