We’re sharing some foundational articles from our ACEs Food and Nourishment community. Please take 10 minutes to read these personal accounts of women that demonstrate the complex interplay between sexual abuse and a person’s relationship to food and their body.
The Kaiser Obesity Prevention program is trying to incorporate some of these complexities by asking patients about sexual abuse and childhood trauma. “These women’s stories suggest that obesity is not what it seems. Given how it increases obesity risk, preventing child abuse could be considered a public-health measure on par with mandatory calorie labels.
Doctors may tell overweight patients to diet and hit the gym, but if they’ve suffered childhood trauma, their bodies might be actively working against them. Worse still, the patient might—consciously or otherwise—have a dark reason for remaining heavy.” http://bit.ly/2KH5VJz