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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  • somethingdifferent


    there are 2 diff types of diabetes, one is genetic (the one skinny people suffer from) and the other one is due to weight probs. that includes the bad heart issues as well.

    so the whole "skinny people get sick too" doesn't hold up.

  • girliusmaximus

    I find that people only worry about the obese because of asthetics…. Say all the crap you like about it not being healthy for someone to be fat and they should want a better life and blah blah blah, but no one ever has anything to say about people who are not overweight but are unhealthy. Diseases don't discriminate, and while being obese causes and definitely exacerbates medical problems, there are plenty of "skinny" people with diabetes, bad hearts, high cholesterol and the like but no one ever takes them to task about being healthy…. Everyone I know who is diabetic is skinny and were always skinny so stop with the phony concern and call it like it is…

  • Kash

    Well that was a pointless article. People deal with their problems in various ways. It doesn’t resolve anything except to say that overweight women can use stuff from their past as an excuse to pig out. And what about the majority (60-80%) of women that weren’t sexually abused who are obese? I guess they were just physically or psychologically abused. It just sounds like a bunch of excuses to me.

  • IllyPhilly

    Some eat, some hide, some even embrace it (i.e Superhead)

  • JustAshley

    I can believe that. I had a male friend that was overweight. He used to tell me some of the worst stories about his childhood. I realized that he had an eating disorder and was using food as a means of coping. SMH

    • IllyPhilly

      They say that's why Oprah, Roseanne, and Nell carter struggled with weight.

  • Another excuse

    • Deeana

      Another unempathetic individual.

    • Jimmy Swaggered

      Good point Romira.

      The article also states (inadvertently) that 60-80%of women who were sexually abused DON'T become obese.

      • girliusmaximus

        Good one JustMe…. When I read the title to this article I thought about how a lot of negative childhood trauma of all types end up as the catalyst to obesity as well as other problems.