STOCKHOLM: A study has found that young people with obesity may develop 17 types of cancer later in life.
People who are obese at age 18 or older have a significantly higher risk of developing chronic diseases like lung, brain and stomach cancer as they age.
These types include liver, head and neck, thyroid, esophagus, colon, kidney, and bladder cancers.
According to Swedish researchers, the trend of increasing obesity among young people may have an impact on cancer cases in the next 30 years.
Dr. Erin Onerup of the University of Gothenburg said that being overweight and obese during adolescence is associated with an increased risk of cancer. And researchers have seen a link between unhealthy weight and cancer in every organ.
He said that considering the alarming trend of bullying in childhood and adolescence, this research emphasizes the need to use all resources to curb this trend.
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Last year, one in 10 four- to five-year-olds in the UK was obese, while 12 per cent of children were overweight.
The rates were higher among 10- to 11-year-olds, with nearly a quarter being stunted while 14.3 percent were overweight.