The link between teenage obesity and bowel cancer
Past research has linked processed red meat and abdominal fat
to bowel cancer
. Who would’ve guessed that teenage obesity
could pose a risk of developing it too?
Study participants were aged between 16 and 20 when researchers started the study. The overwhelming majority were a normal weight, but 6.5% were overweight
and 1% obese.
At the end of the study, researchers noted that 855 cases of bowel cancer arose. However, their results showed that it mainly affected overweight
and obese participants.
More specifically, the results showed that obese participants were 2.38 times more likely to have developed a bowel tumour
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Adolescence is a period of accelerated growth
Researchers report: Late adolescence marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. It’s a period of accelerated growth, especially among men, thus this period may represent a critical window.”
“It’s important that we understand the role of exposures in childhood and adolescence in the development of colorectal cancer,” they add.
Rachel Thompson from the World Cancer Research
Fund said these new findings are interesting. “It’s interesting because it gives an indication that bowel cancer risk might be affected by our lifestyle habits throughout the life course,” she said.
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