Food habits are a result, not a cause. It can be difficult — even impossible — to fix disordered eating when what’s causing it lies unresolved below the surface. Much of that starts in our childhood.
Trauma can happen to anyone, regardless of where they grow up. According to an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, the more challenging a person’s childhood is, the more they’re at risk for health problems later in life.
Trauma is not a psychological condition, it’s physiological. We need to include both the mind and the body in treatment and healing. Stress hormones in traumatized people take longer to return to baseline levels and can spike quicker than average people. These hormones can also contribute to long term health disorders.
It’s only by sifting through our past and resolving our harmful patterns that we can progress. When we do, it not only positively affects our relationship with food, but our relationship with the world and people around us.
- Read: “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk
- Take The ACE Quiz — And Learn What It Does And Doesn’t Mean
- Read: “Breath” by James Nestor
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