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by: David Wiss, MS, RDN on Early Life Adversity and Disordered Eating: How Does Trauma Impact Food and Body?

It is well established that early life adversities including sexual abuse is associated with an increase in body weight over the life course. A popular but unproven theory is that abused individuals deliberately and/or subconsciously increase their food consumption in order to gain weight, thus avoiding the likelihood of future sexual victimization. While this theory may apply in some cases, emerging evidence suggests that early life sexual abuse can become biologically embedded in ways that increase risk for eating disorders and “food addiction.” This presentation reviews the current literature that links trauma to eating behavior and discusses various biological mechanisms which might help explain the association between sexual abuse and weight gain. Implications for treatment including nutritional considerations are discussed.

David’s webinar presentation will take place on Zoom. To register for this webinar, simply click here. On the day of the webinar, you can join the meeting starting at 11:45 am PT.

About David Wiss

David Wiss, MS, RDN is the founder of Nutrition in Recovery, which is a group practice in Los Angeles specializing in: substance use disorders, eating disorders, body image, mental health, as well as general wellness. Mr. Wiss has contributed scientific literature to peer-reviewed journals on his various topics of expertise; currently working on his PhD in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. David loves working one-on-one with people who are making important transitions in their lives. Learn more about Nutrition in Recovery and the various ways that nutrition can be used to support mental and behavioral health.

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