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Fat is active, telling other cells what to do. And if there is too much fat in the body, then the signals it sends around the body can cause damage.
Calculate your BMI and find out where you are on the scale.
These 10 weight loss tips are simple changes based on scientific evidence and can help you make healthy habits that are easy to do every day.
Obesity is a complex issue with many causes, but one of the biggest influences is the world we live in.
Read the latest news and our blog post about why obesity is the biggest cause of cancer after smoking.
We are working to tackle the unhealthy behaviour that leads to a poor diet and excessive weight. This can help reduce the risk of cancer in the UK.
Hear from Kath Bebbington from Bolton explaining why she decided to lose weight and the creative ways she did it.
Here's one of our scientists, Dr Sam explaining how extra body fat can cause cancer.