Be a healthy weight

Person using tape measure  
Maintaining a healthy weight is about getting the balance right between what you eat and how physically active you are.

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.

Besides increased cancer risk, being overweight or obese also leads to decreased life expectancy and reduced quality of life as a result of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea, osteoarthritis, psychological disorders and social problems.

For tips and tools to help you lose weight, visit LiveLighter.

Is your weight healthy?

Learn a useful measure.

Obesity prevention initiatives

Programs targeting obesity.

Rethink sugary drink


Blog update
2016-11-15
Avoid extra kilos and cut your risk of 13 cancers
Maintaining a healthy weight is an important way to reduce your risk of cancer, with obesity now linked to more cancer types than ever before.
Updated: 13 May, 2016