Series Inspires One Man to Share His Story

A Story of Healing

The weight-loss journey is an incredibly personal one, and for many, it involves reckoning with past physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Inspired by those who went before him in the “The Recovery Room,” (March/April 2019 TOPS News) TOPS Advocate Lance Blades discloses how his journey became one of healing, hope and survival.

In a fairly recent issue of TOPS News, a difficult subject was broached—childhood sexual abuse. While painful to discuss, it is a significant factor in some people’s weight issues. The contributors who shared their stories are some of the bravest people I have been introduced to. Read more ...

Members Share Their Stories of Hope and Healing in This Award-Winning Series

One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Often, the traumatic results of assault follow survivors well into adulthood, manifesting in many areas of their lives. Obesity is one of the many physical and psychological effects associated with sexual abuse.

This series, entitled "The Recovery Room," was recognized with an Eddie Award for editorial excellence in the category of Best Series of Articles in a nonprofit magazine at the  Folio: Show in New York City on October 30, 2019.  TOPS extends its heartfelt thanks to the members, subject matter experts and nonprofit partners who contributed to our coverage of this important and sensitive topic. Read more ...

Audrey Shares Her Story

Michelle Shares Her Story

The Hurt We Hide by Overeating

What We Know & Ways to Overcome

There are many reasons why sexual, physical and emotional abuse can lead to overeating and other unhealthy behaviors. Survivors often are overly hard on themselves. Licensed therapist Kathleen Murray shares how to recognize patterns and break the cycle.

The Link Between Sexual Abuse and Obesity

teddyWhat Science is Telling Us...

One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before they turn 18. Survivors may use overeating or addictive behaviors to cope. Learn more

How to Help Someone You Care About

Self-Care for Friends and Family

It’s not easy to know what to say when someone shares something as personal and painful as a sexual assault. Learn to be a sympathetic listener.

Professional Help is Available

Resources for Coping

If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse and needs help right now, reaching out to these resources (PDF) may help begin the process of healing.