Week 3: Childhood Events & Our Weight

It’s Great to See You In Week 3!

Welcome to Week 3! By now you should be seeing positive changes on the scale as well as in your emotions and habits. Please post your observations in the Facebook Group, and don’t forget you need to log in to the site before you can access your material. Keep those copies of your Tapping Plan for Weight Loss posted all over your life, so you don’t go a single day without using the tools in which we’re re-training your body and brain. The positive changes you’re seeing already are just a tiny taste of what’s possible in the coming weeks. Give yourself a pat on the back for coming this far!

This week you’ll learn just how powerful the experiences you had a child are when it comes to your health and your weight. The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience Study) brought to light how the exposure to childhood emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, and household dysfunction during childhood affects our physical, emotional, and mental health as adults.

Over 17,000 Kaiser Permanente members were surveyed and it was discovered that many people experienced harsh events in their childhood. 63% of the people in the study had experienced at least one category of childhood trauma and over 20% experienced 3 or more categories of trauma in the following categories:

  • 11% experienced emotional abuse
  • 28% experienced physical abuse
  • 21% experienced sexual abuse
  • 15% experienced emotional neglect
  • 10% experienced physical neglect
  • 13% witnessed their mothers being treated violently
  • 27% grew up with someone in the household using alcohol and/or drugs
  • 19% grew up with a mentally-ill person in the household
  • 23% lost a parent due to separation or divorce
  • 5% grew up with a household member in jail or prison

The researchers also discovered that the more categories of trauma experienced in childhood, the greater the likelihood of experiencing:

  • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
  • Liver disease
  • Risk for intimate partner violence
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Smoking
  • Suicide attempts
  • Unintended pregnancies
  • Poor health-related quality of life
  • Illicit drug use
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Depression
  • Obesity

This information is important because we know that weight loss is SO much more than diet and exercise. As you’re learning in this course, EFT tapping can be highly effective for everything from cravings, phobias, fears, AND childhood traumas.

As part of your lesson this week, we invite you read the information about the ACE study and to take the ACE questionnaire. You will find this information in the materials section of Week 3.

We also encourage you to read the article about how the ACE’s study originated  and to listen to Karen’s powerful interview with Dr. Vincent Felitti, one of the founders of the study. You can listen to the interview by clicking the link called “Bonus: Karen Interviews Dr. Vincent Felitti” located in the week 3 bonuses.

Your #1 supporter on your weight loss journey,

~ Dawson


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