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Nutr Rev. 1999 Jan;57(1):21-4.

Childhood energy intake and cancer mortality in adulthood.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, School of Medicine, Boston, MA.


A retrospective mortality follow-up of a British survey of family diet and health (1937-1939) identified significant associations between childhood energy intake and mortality from cancer, particularly those cancers not thought to be associated with smoking. This is the first large-scale epidemiologic study to suggest that the observed reduction in tumor incidence in energy-restricted rodents has relevance for humans.

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