By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Obesity is a growing problem in young adults and now there is a report that suggests that obese teenagers are at greater risk for colorectal cancer later in life.READ MORE: Hundreds Gather In Haddonfield For First Major Rollout Of Fourth Of July Fireworks Since Pandemic
It is not a small study.
Swedish researchers looked at 240,000 men and found that obese teens were more than twice as likely to develop colorectal cancer, compared to normal weight adolescents.READ MORE: Wheeler, Hoskins, Realmuto Lift Phillies Over Cardinals 4-0
We know that obesity and colorectal cancer are linked and this has been established in adults but we now have evidence that the risk starts at an earlier age.
Certainly the problem of obesity in young adults is a major health issue but this report shows us that we will be paying the price in overall health problems for decades as a result of the obesity epidemic.MORE NEWS: Woman Had Several Valuable Items Stolen While Helping Stranger In West Deptford, Police Say
We have already seen an association with diabetes and heart disease.