I get really annoyed every time I read yet another article saying obesity causes breast cancer. I do not believe it.
I have been considered chubby, overweight, obese, plus size and any other word you want to call it my entire life. Okay, in my case if you want to blame obesity for my breast cancer, go ahead. But what about the hundreds of thousands of other women diagnosed with breast cancer who haven’t had a day of overweight in their lives?
All of the women in my breast cancer support group are “normal” weight and most were in extremely great physical shape before breast cancer. The women I see at the extremely busy breast cancer clinic at University of Michigan are “normal” weight or on the thin side of normal. A high volume of women I met while in the chemo chair were athletes and going through chemotherapy. Have you ever read an article that said “being athletic causes breast cancer?” I think not. I meet a lot of breast cancer survivors and very few would be considered overweight. I hear from hundreds of women from my Blog and great numbers of them are petite and less than normal weight, many vegetarians, and women who others would consider “did everything right” and still got breast cancer.
Blaming obesity for breast cancer numbs normal weight women into a false sense of security each time they read yet another article blaming obesity for breast cancer.
That’s my rant!