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Childhood Obesity Linked To High Risk Of Adult Cancers

July 24, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Israeli researchers have discovered a link between adolescent obesity and bladder, urinary tract and colorectal cancers in adulthood. This threat can now be added to the growing list of dangers associated with adolescent obesity, including diabetes, heart disease and joint and muscle pain. Obese children – above the 84th percentile in body mass index – have a 1.42 percent greater chance – a 50 percent higher risk – of adult cancers. The study analyzed data from a longitudinal study of 1.1 million men in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Z. Levi et al., "Measured Body Mass Index in Adolescence and the Incidence of Colorectal Cancer in a Cohort of 1.1 Million Males", Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, July 24, 2012, © American Association for Cancer Research
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