Weight & Risk of Colon Cancer: Overweight Boys Have the Higher Risk

By - Updated Jun 5, 2017

Overview of Colon Cancer

Colon is an alternative term for the large intestine. Colon cancer is the form of cancer where the unwanted growth of cells takes place in the inner walls of the large intestine. Some of the common symptoms of colon cancer are a narrow stool, pain during the movement of bowels, unexplained weight loss, and so on. It’s one of the most common forms of cancer today. According to the statistic, colon cancer is responsible for 14.8 out of 100,000 deaths per year.

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Another fact about colon cancer is that it’s the third most common cancer in the United States. It’s a concern for both doctors as well as the common people of the United States and the world. In this article, we will discuss the research in detail, which was done to find the relationship between the weight of the boys and the risk of developing colon cancer.

The Overweight Boys and their Moms should be Concerned!

The problem of overweight and obesity is quite common in the United States. According to the statistic, around 2/3 adults in the United States and around 1/3 of the children aged 6-19 are overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese means increasing the risk of various diseases, and the recent study that was presented in the Portugal at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) showed that the overweight boys have the higher risk of developing colon cancer in the future.

findings of the further studies will help in taking preventive actions to decrease the risk of various diseases.

Fat Boy

For the purpose of the study, the Danish researchers recruited 61,000 boys that were born between 1939 and 1959. The health records of these boys were carefully analyzed by the researchers, and they studied the relationship between the BMI changes in the childhood and young adulthood that are associated with the risk of developing colon cancer in the adulthood.

The weight and height of the participants were measured at the tender age of 7 and also at the age of 17-26. The BMI of the participants were also calculated at the same time. These people were registered in the Danish Cancer Register, and they were followed from the age of 40 for identifying colon cancer cases.

During an average age of 25 follow-ups, more than 700 boys were diagnosed with colon cancer. According to the analysis done by the researchers, the overweight boys at the age of 7 with a BMI greater than17.88kg/m2, but normal weight as young men with BMI less than 25.0kg/m2 had a similar risk of developing colon cancer in comparison to adults who have maintained a healthy weight throughout their lifetime.

However, the overweight boys who did not focus on losing their weight till their youth had doubled their risk of developing a colon cancer. The researchers took education into account while conducting their research, but they ignored the lifestyle factors that may increase the risk of colon cancer.

After the results obtained from this study, the researchers are now looking to explore more on the other forms of cancer along with other serious non-communicable diseases. They want to find out how the increment in the weight from the day of birth till the end increases the risk of many serious diseases.

What should Overweight Boys and Other do Now?

The study is not all about bad news for the overweight boys. The researchers have clearly said that the risk of colon cancer could be reduced if the overweight boys manage to decrease their weight by young adulthood. This shows the importance of weight management in early ages. Here are some of the things you can do to reduce the risk of colon cancer.

What should Overweight Boys do

1. Focus on a diet: One of the major reasons behind the increment of weight is because of the unhealthy diet and excessive consumption of foods. The people who focus a lot on their diet have a very less chance of being either overweight or obese. There are many healthy diet plans on the internet or you can also get some suggestions from the nutritionists to help you get a healthy diet plan for you and your family.

Make sure you have added all the important foods in your diet plan, containing all the important nutrients that your body needs. There are many foods that can enhance your colon health, and you should definitely add those foods as well in your diet plan.

2. Physical activities: There are numerous benefits of exercises. The regular workouts will not only enhance your overall physical health, but it will also significantly boost your mental health, according to the study. The risk of colon cancer can be decreased if you get yourself involved in physical activities, and the physical activities include as a simple activity as walking.

3. Colorectal cancer screening: One of the most effective ways to prevent colon cancer is via colorectal cancer screening. It helps to find out if there are pre-cancerous or cancer cells among the people with no symptoms of colon cancer. If the abnormal cancer cells are found early, then it can be cured without much difficulty. The screening is recommended after the age of 50, but the people with a higher risk of colon cancer should go for colorectal screening earlier than the age of 50.

Also See : A Recent Study Shows Colorectal Cancer Is Growing Among Young Adults

Conclusion

There are many disadvantages of being overweight, and now another disadvantage has been added to the list. The moms of the overweight boys should be concerned about the child’s weight. It’s obvious that the kids may not know about a good diet plan and the importance of healthy eating habits and physical activities. So, it’s the job of the parents to choose a right diet plan for their whole family to keep their family healthy.

By doing so, you will significantly decrease the risk of developing the third most common cancer, i.e. colon cancer among your family members.

Reference:

  • https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/colorect.html
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Contributor : Colon Health Magazine Staff (Colon Health Magazine)

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