TRIUMPHANT JOURNEY:
A CYBERGUIDE TO STOP OVEREATING AND RECOVER FROM EATING DISORDERS

by Joanna Poppink, M.F.C.C

Part Four (Continued)

Roots of Inner Secrets

Secrets from yourself are usually based on inescapable stress situations in childhood. They often involve blatant physical, sexual and emotional abuse. However, roots of secrets can be found elsewhere as well.

Some examples are:

  • To change homes, schools, friends and neighborhoods regularly or in a traumatic way.
  • To face death or serious illness of crucial people in your life.
  • War
  • Riots
  • Earthquakes
  • Fire
  • Refugee flight and resettlement

Too much unpredictable behavior and schedule changes can cause intolerable stress to a child. Sometimes the child discovers that food stops or at least dims the pain of that stress.

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5/28/98

Joanna Poppink, M.F.C.C., licensed by the State of California in 1980, is a Marriage, Family, Child Counselor (License #15563). She has a private practice in Los Angeles where she works with adult individuals and couples. She specializes in working with people with eating disorders and with people who are trying to understand and help a loved on who has an eating disorder.

Contact Information:
10573 West Pico Blvd. Suite 20
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 474-4165 phone
(310) 474-7248 fax

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