MILLENNIALS are set to become Britain’s fattest ever generation, a study warns.
Seven out of ten born in the 1980s and ’90s are predicted to be overweight or obese by the time they are aged 35 to 45.
Just half of their parents were in similarly bad shape at that stage, said Cancer Research UK.
The crisis will increase pressure on the NHS, with diabetes alone costing £10billion annually.
Excess weight raises the risk of 13 cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart and liver disease.
CRUK’s Alison Cox said: “Being overweight is the UK’s biggest cause of cancer after smoking. But most people don’t know.
“If more did, it might spare all generations from cancer.”
The charity says fewer than one in six know of the link and has launched a crusade to highlight it.
It also wants TV junk food ads banned before 9pm.
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Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum added: “That 70 per cent could even be an underestimate.
"It’s the result of paying lip service to obesity.”
Public Health England wants kids’ sugar intake cut by 20 per cent by 2020. A tax on high-sugar drinks starts in April.
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