20-40% of Obese Women Were Sexually Abused

October 13, 2011  |  

With the number of obese adults living in the United States constantly on the rise there are therapists who specialize in dealing with people who are morbidly obese. Mary Jo Rapini is one of those therapists and she says treatment of the obese depends heavily on the questions you ask.

I talk to morbidly obese patients everyday. I teach them, counsel them, eat with them, and spend endless hours reading their journals. These patients have a story to tell, but we aren’t listening and we continue asking the wrong questions.

Rapini found that with one of her clients, sexually abuse at the hands of her father was the catalyst behind her unhealthy physique.

Turns out she’s not the only one. Nearly 20-40 percent of women who were sexually abused end up becoming obese. Get more behind this correlation and other obesity facts over at Your Tango.com.

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