A new study by Tel Aviv University claims a connection between overweight children and the development of cancer later on in their lives. According to the study, overweight children have a 40 percent higher chance of developing cancer in the urinal tract or large intestine as adults.
The authors of the study based their information on statistics provided by the Israel Defense Forces medical branch. The information included parameters of more than one million male youths between the ages 16 and 19 who served in the Israel Defense Forces between the years 1967 and 2005. The medical conditions of the youths were monitored for 18 years after they were drafted into the IDF.
The study showed that men who during their childhood were among the top 15% on the BMI (body mass index) scale, had a 42% higher possibility in their adulthood of contracting cancer in the urinal tract or large intestine. The risk reached 75% for men who were monitored until the age of 40 or above.
According to the study, 10% of those covered in the first decade of the research suffered from obesity and the number rose to 17% in the last period covered by the research.
“We must consider whether obesity is a direct cause of cancer or if the two phenomenon result from a common genetic variation. Basic research can help us more deeply understand the connection between obesity and cancer,” Dr. Ari Shamiss, one of the study’s authors, said.
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