Photo FilePastor Rick Puls ■ Pastor Rick Puls / Contributed I facilitated a weight loss class once. We not only focused on diet and exercise, but also looked at family of origin issues that can impact the way that we view ourselves regarding weight, and spiritual issues that determine our perceptions about God. For example, some individuals who were sexually molested as children or youth gain weight in an unconscious effort to make themselves “less attractive” to the perpetrators of the abuse. The weight can stay on, despite the fact that the abuse occurred decades ago, as a defense against others maltreating them. One of the participants in the weight loss
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