A friend of mine from London sent me the link to the breast cancer research and added: "I am screwed".
Jen has always been a pretty big woman. Her mother's weight was about 260 pounds when she died of a heart attack at age 50. I remember Jen (at that time age 25) mentioning to me a couple of months after her mother's death that she started watching her diet and exercising regularly: "I need to be healthy. I am naturally predisposed to being overweight. I do not want to have any overweight problems at older age". I thought she was doing great when in a couple of months Jen sent me a picture of her in a swimming suit and her new boyfriend Mark on one of the beaches during their trip in Turkey. She became much slimer and had lost 40 pounds by then (she still weighted about 190 pounds with her height of 5-06). Seemed like Jen must have been happy but our next conversation proved the opposite: "I am unhappy. I am sick of watching what I eat and when I eat. I am stressed out all the time. I simply want to relax sometimes and have a slice of pizza in front of a TV at 9 pm while watching my favorite show. But my doctor says there is long way to go"...
...during our next conversation in a couple of months I found out that Jen had given up dieting and started "enjoying food world fully". She gained her 40 pounds back but Mark was still crazily in love with her. She was happy to be with her lovely man and enjoy her favorite foods...she called me a week later..."I have diabetes. Why me?" Mark was supporting Jen but refused giving up his food habits. As a result, she could not start eating healthier either. It has been a constant fight for Jen between food habits and diabetes during last 2 months. She gained another 20 pounds and is not happy about herself anymore. Mark left her a couple of days ago unable to deal with her fast change in the moods and constant reminding of diabetes in the life. And now Jen read this article:
OVERWEIGHT women putting themselves at
risk of diabetes are also increasing their risk of advanced breast
cancer, Melbourne research has found.
She feels depressed as she understands there is a looong way to go in order for her to be healthy. You will be fine, my friend. You simply need to give up your food and see this world in a different way - HEALTHY WAY.