We all know the importance of developing healthy eating habits, and according to a new study, the earlier we develop those healthy habits, the better. Poor eating habits developed during our teenage years are likely to continue into adulthood, a new University of Minnesota report found, and those poor eating habits can increase cancer risk.
The study followed a pool of adolescents between the ages of 12-16 for 10 years, examining eating, activity and weight-related variables. Researchers found that many of the teens’ behaviors, including poor diets, unhealthy weight control practices and binge eating, followed them into adulthood, signaling the need to identify at-risk teenagers and educate them on healthy eating practices before it’s too late.
While you can’t redo your teenage years, you can take steps now to get your diet back on track and reduce cancer risk while you’re at it.