Washington: Tel Aviv University researchers have revealed a significant reason for children to maintain a healthy weight.Dr. Ari Shamiss and Dr. Adi Leiba of TAU`s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Sheba Medical Center and his fellow researchers found that obesity in adolescence, defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) in the 85th percentile and above, has a direct link to the incidence of urothelial (bladder and urinary tract) and colorectal cancers in adulthood.Children above the 84th percentile in BMI have a 1.42 percent greater chance, representing a 50 percent higher risk, of developing urothelial or colorectal cancers in adulthood compared to those beneath it, explained Dr. Shamiss.To examine the relationship between obesity and cancers, the researchers conducted a longitudinal study of a cohort of 1.1 million males in the Israeli Defense Forces. Their health information was gathered by the army, with a follow-up period of 18 years.
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