Childhood energy intake and cancer mortality in adulthood

Nutr Rev. 1999 Jan;57(1):21-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.1999.tb01772.x.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Energy Intake*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology