Patient helps top doctor lose weight
LEADING cancer specialist John Crown has revealed how he lost four stone thanks to one of his patients.
Professor Crown, who is also a senator, said obesity is one of the unappreciated risk factors of cancer and could be second only to smoking.
He said he turned around his own lifestyle when one of his patients, Anne Burns (inset), a triathlete, told him he was carrying too much weight.
"I am now 25kg lighter than I was 10 years ago. I made a big decision. I reached a crossroads in my life. Anne, a very brave young woman who was a patient of mine and was a triathlete raising funds for us told me I was carrying too much weight.
"She said 'I don't know if you are going to save my life but I am going to save yours'. She forced me into a programme of diet and exercise. Sadly, she is not longer with us.
"The lesson I learnt from it is that there is no food that is dangerous if you eat it in moderation and there is no food that is safe if you eat it to excess. Simply banning large sodas or sugars won't work."
Dr Crown was speaking at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children where experts spoke on child obesity.
He said some of his middle-aged patients with breast cancer who have weight problems say they don't eat sugary foods but do eat big bowls of meat, potato, rice or pasta for dinner.