Weight gain is the side effect of everything these days - even breathing. I am on too many medications which have a side effect of weight gain.... So here I sit in my slightly tight clothes two sizes larger than I used to wear in dire need of a drastic deflabbification project.
"People with certain cancers – such as breast, prostate and colon cancer –
are more likely to gain weight during treatment due to the therapies
used to combat their disease. Hormone therapy, some chemotherapy
regimens and medications such as steroids all can cause weight gain, as
well as water retention."
THEY DIDN'T TELL ME THIS WHEN I WAS DIAGNOSED! Well there was a lot they didn't tell me - or that I didn't want to hear. But it is much harder to lose weight after breast cancer while still on hormone therapy.
And I am also on all sorts of other medications for my other ailments that might cause weight gain. I do go to the gym three times a week so its not as if I just sit around all the time.
And of course we need to remember:
"Some studies of cancer patients have
linked obesity to an increased risk of recurrence and death in several
common cancers, including breast, colorectal and prostate cancer. The
California Teachers Study, led by City of Hope’s Leslie Berstein, showed
that being obese was associated with a significant increase of dying
from breast cancer for many women." More on this here.
So your treatment makes you fat and your fatness makes you more likely to die from it. So obviously something is wrong with the treatment. Does anyone see any irony with this?
The real question is if I went off the medications that might cause weight gain, would the weight magically disappear? I think that answer is a big fat no. Damn.