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

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Emotional, physical or sexual abuse can lie at root of weight problems in later life and, unless targeted, taxes on food types will be cruel to those who self-medicate

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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.

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