For years I've listened to women and men recount an agonizing spectrum of verbal, emotional, and physical abuse and trauma that occurred during their childhood, often continuing through adolescence. Most remember that period in their life as the time when they began to overeat. Neglect, abandonment, isolation, and physical harm usually send young people on a desperate search for a way to numb and soothe their pain.
Women are turning to workouts like running, yoga, and martial arts to reclaim their bodies as their own. The Me Too movement is more than a hashtag: It's an important reminder that sexual assault is a very, very prevalent problem. To put the numbers in perspective, 1 in 6 women have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetimes, and a sexual assault happens every 98 seconds in the U.
Last night, my daughter came home with a bloody gash on her right eyelid, a deep scratch on the tip of her nose and big knot on her forehead. And she was smiling, because she could see the beginnings of a black eye. This morning, as I handed her antibiotic cream and a spent tea bag for her now-black, puffy eye, I realized that Skyler has never, ever been in a fight in all of her 17 years.
Victims of childhood sexual abuse are far more likely to become obese adults. Christine White was a preteen when she went on her first diet. At school, she was bubbly and outgoing, an honors student immersed in social causes.
Experts discovered the connection between abuse and weight almost by accident. After losing close to pounds, for example, one woman regained 37 pounds in just three weeks. Baffled, researchers tracked down the fleeing patients to ask why.
Why a shield? For some, weight serves to minimize their looks and sexuality. Some women use their weight as protection against future abuse.
I recently wrote a Facebook post asking about sexual abuse and the link to obesity. I thought I might get a few messages, but was surprised when more than people — including a few men — shared their stories. Fitzsimons says the focus in her family was the way she looked.
Childhood sexual abuse increases risk for adult obesity. A potential contributing factor is altered cortisol secretion. In this pilot study, relationships among childhood sexual abuse, diurnal salivary cortisol secretion, and weight loss were explored in 17 bariatric surgery patients. Measurement points were before surgery baseline and 3 and 6 months after surgery.
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