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06 March 2017 08:17
Britons eat 22 million takeaways every week
Researchers have warned that people who eat an excessive number of takeaways and ready meals every week could face an increased risk of developing cancer.
The warning from Cancer Research UK follows statistics revealing the extent to which Britons are eating such foods. Brits get through 100 million fast food and takeaway meals every week.
22 million takeaways
That's according to the Cancer Research UK study, which broke down the figures as 79 million ready meals and 22 million takeaways.
Young adults eat more so-called junk food than elderly people - despite there being greater awareness of calories and nutrition among the young.
The study found young adults are seven times more likely than over-65s to dine on fast food or microwave meals at least once a week.
These trends are seeing UK adults get through 300 more calories per day than guidelines recommend.
What about the cancer risk?
The Cancer Research UK study saw 3,200 people have their BMI, eating habits and physical activity monitored. They were also asked about their knowledge of obesity and how it related to cancer.
It comes after another Cancer Research UK study in 2016 found three in four people were not aware of the link between obesity and cancer.
Alison Cox, director of cancer prevention at Cancer Research UK, said: "These figures show that 'grab and go' foods and a growing appetite for takeaways and ready meals are helping to propel us towards an epidemic of larger waistlines and increased cancer risk."
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