Don't just blame sugar: how obesity can be a product of childhood trauma

Trinity Wallace-Ellis first recalls associating food with consolation when she was about eight. Her heroin-addicted father could explode in violence, sometimes beating her and her seven younger sisters. Afterwards, he was always regretful – and Trinity would come home from school to find a refrigerator filled with cakes and pies. “From that point, I think, is when I equated food with comfort and food as a way of making things right,” she says. Not surprisingly, Wallace-Ellis, now 39 and a successful foster care system consultant in California, has long struggled with her weight. Her emotional and intellectual resilience has made...

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