• According to a new study out today, Obesity is gaining on smoking as the most common cause of cancer in women.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    According to a new study out today, Obesity is gaining on smoking as the most common cause of cancer in women.

    Are you working on your weight, watching your diet to be sure it's balanced and healthy? Me either, but we all should.

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      When I was young I did watch my weight in a bad way I had a couple of eating disorders. I would sometimes not eat for three or four days. Then when I became so depressed I went to the Dr. they put me on anti-depressants and my weight seemed to raise overnight I quit anti-depressants and I went on just counseling by then I had two small children so for the next 18 years there was nothing but healthy food in the house. And I retained a size 12. After cancer I began to research really healthy foods and I have maintained a healthy diet ever since. But I have recently been gaining weight without changing my diet in so my PCP thinks that it should be addressed as soon as I get to Olympia

      3 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Interesting. I work on my weight all of the time ... and the harder I work, the bigger I get. My doctor could care less. He is glad that I try to work out, but he is totally unconcerned about the added weight I'm carrying around.

      I am no vegan (nor will I ever be), but I do try to eat a somewhat healthy diet. My problem is that my husband is VERY picky and I'm not going to fix multiple meals ... I do good to get one fixed, much less 2 different meals.

      3 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I've always had a normal Body Mass Index, but that didn't keep me from developing Stage IV rectal cancer.
      Now, I don't drink sodas, eat hot dogs or highly processed foods, or cheap snack foods. My oncologist recommended eating lots of fiber, and I am pretty dedicated to doing that. Of course, the problem is that most colorectal cancer patients have "issues" from the surgeries that we have to say - eating fresh fruit is virtually impossible for me.

      3 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      Well I try! I actually lost about 30 steroid pounds recently. Then went on vacation and went off my diet. Noticed the pounds creeping back on so trying to get back on track. It’s not easy!

      3 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Opdivo is making me itch to the point that I am scratching my skin off. My oncologist told me he would prescribe some steroids to combat the itching. I said no. I am fat enough and can't lose a lb, no matter what I do ... the last thing I am going to do is take steroids and add even more pounds.

      I was always a skinny minny until I was in my late 50s. I thought I had a weight problem when my cancer was discovered when I was 59 ... but looking back, I didn't have a problem at all. 40-50 lbs later ... now I DEFINITELY do have a problem and I just don't know what to do about it.

      3 months ago
    • biga17133's Avatar
      biga17133

      You go ladies !!! worrying about weight on top of it all is just something I personally am not going to add to the list of things to do (I know it a question for yall ladies but had to put in my 2 cents) if I'm dying then I'm dying fat and full not skinny and hungry besides I want to hear them grunting when the carry me to the resting place...lol so @LiveWithCancer and the rest of you lovely ladies I say What Time Is Dinner? still taking a bath by myself tubs just going to get tight I guess,,lol "BIGA17133" ..lol

      3 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      From what I've learned, "obesity" does not CAUSE cancer - it is a risk factor - obesity leads to higher blood sugar levels and some cancers are linked to insulin resistance. The causes of cancer are complex.This article helps describe the possible link of cancer and obesity and the types of cancer associated with obesity.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3595327/

      Just remember that back luck plays a big part in the development of cancer. Lack of exercise is also a risk factor for cancer. So just losing a little weight and walking every day is a prudent goal for all of us to have.

      3 months ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      I was always skinny .Medications on and off had me gain weight to 160 something lbs.Now since I was on arimidex and quit in 2 1/2 years and stopped all medications about 2-3 months I lost 10 lbs suddenly.I was always around 129 lbs 'til all this was going on.I can't blame food or cigarettesI was from the 40-50'sSmoking was all over the placeand there was no problem with so call non smokers.The stress and frustrations come from people today.Can't live your life in a comfortatable way.Everybody is controlling you. Just letting out my frustrations.

      3 months ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      Old Pennsylvania Dutch saying:
      "A plump wife
      And a big barn
      Never did a man harm"

      2 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @biga17133 - I love you!!! You have a great outlook on it all :) :)

      2 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @Molly72, haha!!! My husband for years said he would never stay with a wife that got fat. Now, he's having to eat those words...

      2 months ago

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