Being overweight or obese increases the risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in adolescents, according to a study published online in Cancer. Researchers assessed BMI data and cancer incidence rates for 2,352,988 adolescents from the Israel National Cancer Registry. Overweight or obese participants had a 25 percent increased risk for cancer when compared to those with normal BMIs. Researchers suspect weight-gain early in life may impair the immune system and increase inflammation, insulin resistance, and other conditions that contribute to cancer risk.
- Leiba M, Leiba A, Keinan-Boker L, et al. Adolescent weight and height are predictors of specific non-Hodgkin lymphoma subtypes among a cohort of 2,352,988 individuals aged 16 to 19 Years. Cancer. Published online February 22, 2016.