Be compassionate to yourself
Friday, March 01, 2019
Was reading a book that mentioned an obesity study from 15 or 20 years ago (or maybe a bit longer than that) The doctor who was running the study was seeing the same pattern repeat in a large number of his patients - - they would lose substantial amounts of weight (30, 50, even 100 pounds) then they would start regaining.
He wanted to know why they stopped losing and started regaining so he started asking these patients a series of questions and he finally, by accident, found a connection between overweight/obese patients and abuse. He devised a study to further look into the connection and enrolled 17000 people which cemented the idea that abuse and overweight are definitely connected.
I was intrigued to read more since I've basically been losing and regaining the same 30 pounds for the last 10 years. I found the study and the results online and I can really see how abuse has affected my own weight/life. It's not like I didn't 'know' that already but to see it documented by so many people shows me that I need to stop 'brushing it off'. Abuse has affected me and it affects my eating/weight patterns (and probably a lot of other things in my life).
I'm just sharing this in case anyone else is thinking the way I did -- "the abuse happened so long ago; it really didn't affect me" -- maybe it's time to re-think that -- On a scale of 1-10 my score was 7 -- anything over a 4 is considered extreme. It sort of changes how I view myself and the choices I've made - I can be a bit more compassionate toward myself.
I need to finish reading the book that led me to this - hopefully there will be some advice/tips for moving forward.
If you want to know more google this question: Got Your ACE Score? --- it will take you to a website that has all the information (I'm not certain about whether I can post the link directly so I'll let you find it yourself).
edit -- it's worth noting that obesity wasn't the only thing connected to abuse - they also looked at autoimmune disorders, depression and pain, among other things.