Public awareness and healthcare professional advice for obesity as a risk factor for cancer in the UK: a cross-sectional survey (Forthcoming/Available Online)

Lucie Hooper, Annie S Anderson, Jack Birch, Alice S Forster, Gillian Rosenberg, Linda Bauld, Jyotsna Vohra

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Abstract

Background  Overweight and obesity is the second biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking, causing approximately 3.4 million deaths worldwide. This study provides current United Kingdom data on awareness of the link between obesity and cancer by socio-demographic factors, including BMI, and explores to what degree healthcare professionals provide weight management advice to patients.  Methods  Cross-sectional survey of 3293 adults completed an online survey in February/March 2016, weighted to be representative of the UK population aged 18+.  Results  Public awareness of the link between obesity and cancer is low (25.4% unprompted and 57.5% prompted). Higher levels of awareness existed for least deprived groups (p
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Public Health
Volume40
Issue number4
Early online date14 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • obesity
  • cancer
  • socioeconomic factors

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