Overweight children may have increased risk of esophageal cancer as adults

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According to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer, researchers have found that overweight children may have an increased risk for esophageal cancer when grow up compared with slimmer children.

For the study, researchers analyzed the health records of over 255,000 Danish children born between 1930 and 1971 who had their height and weight measured every year between the ages of 7 and 13. Of those, over 250 developed esophageal cancer over the age of 40.

Results showed that children aged 9 to 13 with a higher body mass index (BMI) that made them more likely to be overweight or obese had an increased risk for developing esophgeal cancer later in life.

The researchers estimate that 2.1% of esophageal cases in adult Danish men may be a result of being overweight or obese at the age of 13. They also estimate that the percentage of overweight- or obesity-related cases could increase to 17.5% of all esophageal cancer cases due to the increase in childhood obesity.

The findings suggest the importance of ensuring that children eat healthy diets and have active lifestyles in order to reduce the risk of developing cancer in the future.

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