On World Cancer Day, Kirsty encourages support for people to maintain a healthy body weight

Kirsty Williams AM is marking World Cancer Day by highlighting the importance of supporting people to maintain a healthy body weight.

Cancer Research UK estimate that, in the Powys Teaching Health Board area, 27.4% of 4-5 year olds are overweight or obese. The charity says that obese children are around five times more likely to be obese adults.


Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:

“World Cancer Day calls for people to unite in the fight against cancer, which continues to affect so many lives.

“This year I want to draw particular attention to the importance of helping people accessing help to maintain a healthy body weight. According to Cancer Research UK overweight and obesity is Wales’ second largest preventable cause of cancer, only behind smoking.

“Schools can play an important role for our young people, for example through initiatives like the Daily Mile which look to get pupils moving. Looking ahead, plans for Wales’ new curriculum have a particular emphasis on the health and well-being of pupils, including physical activity. The Welsh Government is also in the process of developing new plans to help people maintain a healthy weight.

“There are no easy answers but it’s very important to make sure people are given the support they need.”

Andy Glyde, Public Affairs Manager in Wales for Cancer Research UK, said:

“I’d like to thank Kirsty for showing her support for World Cancer Day, and for highlighting the issue of obesity. We know that 1,000 cases of cancer in Wales are due to obesity, so the Welsh Government’s consultation on their forthcoming Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales strategy is extremely welcome. With over a quarter of 4-5 year olds in Wales overweight or obese, this is not an issue that can be ignored.”

Further information

World Cancer Day is on Monday 4th February. Further information is available here: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/donate/world-cancer-day-2019

Cancer Research UK data on preventable deaths, the leading preventable causes of cancer, and local data for Powys Teaching Health Board can be found here: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/sites/default/files/local-cancer-stats/brecon_and_radnorshire_20180907.pdf

Health and well-being is one of six ‘areas of learning and experience’ in proposals for Wales’ new curriculum, currently out for consultation. Further information can be found here: https://beta.gov.wales/our-national-mission-transformational-curriculum

Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales’ is the Welsh Government’s plan to prevent and reduce obesity, currently out for consultation. Further information can be found here: https://beta.gov.wales/healthy-weight-healthy-wales

The Daily Mile was launched in Wales in 2017. Further information can be found here: https://thedailymile.cymru/

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