Obesity At A Young Age Can Lead To Significant Cancer Risk Increase
The largest study of its kind has shown that obese teenagers are up to 71% more likely to develop cancer in later life.
A study carried out from 1967 until 2012, with over 1.75 million participants has shown that being overweight dramatically increases your likelihood of developing cancer in your later years. The study followed males and females ages 16-19 and concluded that:
- Obesity in males and females increases the risk of developing colon cancer by 53% and 54% respectively
- Obese teenage males and females increase their risk of rectal cancer in later life by 71% and 50% respectively
- The average age of occurrence is 49 years old
Past studies into obesity have shown that excess weight can cause inflammation, which decreases the efficiency of the immune system and causes potential hormonal issues, leading to a greater risk of cancer development.
It is never too early to gain a solid and steady foundation when it comes to living and eating well. Looking after your health and wellbeing can be greatly improved by the choices you make on a day-to-day basis.