Yesterday I read an article in the Mail about how Obesity is linked to 13 types of cancer. Having been overweight for most of my adult life this article scared me. I also wanted to know more, as I know a lot of Newspapers glorify stories to scare-monger and attract readers with sensationalist stories, particularly about obesity and its effects on people. I was also advised by the Genetic Counsellor I saw at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge that I had done all I could in losing weight and that it had given me better chances, in fact according to Cancer Resarch 11% lower risk of cancer overall.
Having lost my Mum recently to Ovarian Cancer I have been consulting with Addenbrookes to get her DNA tested to see if she had the BRCA1 Gene Mutation. I will then decide how I want to progress once I have Mum’s results. I have lost over 11 stone, 9 stone of this on the Slimming World healthy eating plan. Mum was so proud of me and came with me when I was invited by Slimming World to feature in their magazine and take part in a photo shoot in London. It was one of the proudest moments of my life and I was so glad to share this with my Mum. When she was in hospital she kept telling every nurse she met about my transformation and it is one thing that keeps me on track. Since Mum has passed I have been struggling to maintain my weight. Throwing myself in to a social life has been one of the things that is keeping me going and this isn’t friendly to my waistline. I have gained half a stone and am out of my ‘target’ bubble. I know that I will get back to target as I have to keep making Mum proud and keep myself the healthiest I can be. I am finding a balance between healthy living and mindfulness and with the wonderful support of Jane Aldous and her amazing Slimming World group I will get back to target.
As for my worries about my Obesity causing cancer… from the conversation I had with the genetic consultant apparently it used to be 1 in 3 people who got cancer, now as we live longer and are exposed to so many more chemicals it is more like 1 in 2. So the chances are that at some point I will get some form of cancer or perhaps it will miss me. I will not live in fear of cancer but I will give myself the best chances possible. I fully intend to live my life to the full, enjoy myself and the freedom that I have and take care of myself and my body at the same time.
Cancer is a vile disease that is robbing so many of their family members and loved ones. Myself, my Father, my Aunt and my Friend are walking Hadrian’s Wall next year and aim to raise £4k to support Cancer Research so we can help them fight this illness. If you can take the time to sponsor us or share our blog it would be greatly appreciated as we have set ourselves a huge target.
If you want to read the Mail article here it is: Mail Online – Obesity Cancer Link Article
If you want to read more about how being overweight can cause cancer visit the link here to the Cancer Research site Cancer Research How Being Overweight Causes Cancer
If you want to read more about my Slimming World Story visit here Slimming World Story
Can losing weight lower your risk, Cancer Research UK explains more here Cancer Research UK – losing weight lowering your risk