Child obesity increases risk of adulthood cancer
Danish research has revealed that children who are obese or overweight may develop a higher risk of oesophageal cancer as they grow up.
The study, which was recently published in the British Journal of Cancer, looked at the health records of 255,000 children in Denmark, born between the years 1930 and 1971. Each year between the age of seven and thirteen, the children had their height and weight recorded, with the results used by researchers to calculate the kids’ Body Mass Index (BMI).
The study discovered that children between the ages of nine and thirteen with a higher BMI had an increased risk of developing this type of cancer as adults. Over 250 of the children in the study developed oesophageal cancer over the age of 40. The researchers believed that the percentage of adults developing this cancer could increase, as cases of childhood obesity are on the rise.
According to the associate professor at The Institute of Preventative Medicine in Denmark, Dr. Jennifer Baker, more research is required. However, she did state that the results of the study confirmed that children needed to maintain a healthy weight, especially as there had been some evidence to suggest that kids who are overweight may have an increased risk of some cancers later in life. Lifestyle and social factors were not taken into account during the study.
Schools in the UK are working hard to encourage children to make nutritious choices at break times with the introduction of a healthy tuckshop, which constitutes one of many franchise opportunities for mums in this area.
February 23, 2015
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