Childhood obesity is a real problem today. The Centers for Disease Control notes that childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last 30 years and that over 20 percent of the kids in the U.S., ages 6-11, are now categorized as obese.
Childhood obesity not only leads to physical and medical problems, but social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem also appear in children who are overweight.
A mental illness, especially during the adjustment period after first receiving a diagnosis, can be filled with a lot of strife and heartache. The challenges are only compounded by the fact that many find themselves more isolated and alone than ever before in their life. Our guest this week, Stephanie, has found herself in just that place, alone like never before.
Nothing is impossible to overcome. That is the message that Nikki Rosen wants to share with you.
Nikki grew up in an abusive home and suffered years of child abuse. It led her to drug use and engaging in self-injurious behavior at the early age of 12 years old. She spent years on the streets with a drug addiction and an eating disorder, even enduring rape, all of which fed into her belief that she was worthless. But, eventually, she found herself on the path to health and recovery.
Recovery From Child Abuse is a Long, Tough Road
Nikki has restored her self-worth. She practiced forgiveness, most importantly of herself. She worked diligently over time to find healing. With the help of a trusted counselor and the strength of a true fighter, she lives free today. Nikki details her true story in a book titled “In the Eye of Deception.” On this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show, she shares with us how there can be life after addiction, rape, abuse and homelessness.
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Last November, Jen Selk wrote a blog post titled The Weight. “I wanted to tell the truth about how I’d secretly harbored more than a decade of negative, damaging, unhealthy and untrue thoughts about my body,” says Jen. She voiced the body image and weight struggles so many women live with. Jen says The Weight was the most popular thing she’s ever written.
Andrea Roe lived with anorexia and bulimia for 6 years. Now that she’s healthy again, it is her passion to raise awareness about these misunderstood disorders and share her story to let others still struggling know that there is hope, and full eating disorder recovery really is possible.
“It’s really important to understand that no single factor or person or event causes an eating disorder,” says Jennifer, “but parenting and the family dynamic can play a large role.” Jennifer, who is diagnosed with bulimia, believes her chaotic upbringing not only had an effect on her developing an eating disorder, but also impacts her eating disorder recovery today.
Many patients in eating disorder treatment describe their disorder almost like a friend, says Dr. Jennifer Nardozzi, National Training Manager of The Renfrew Center Foundation. As the eating disorder becomes their primary relationship, their connection to self and others diminishes, heightening a sense of spiritual emptiness.