An Israeli study that tracked patients for an average of 18.8 years found adolescents who were overweight faced 2.1 times the risk of developing esophageal cancer later on, and a 2.2 times the risk of intestinal-type gastric cancer, compared with those who were not overweight. Education level and immigration status were linked to the cancer risk, but researchers said the study did not include data on diet or alcohol and tobacco use.

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