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Freedom Through Forgiveness: The Emotional Causes of Eating Disorders & a Path to Recovery

Freedom Through Forgiveness: The Emotional Causes of Eating Disorders & a Path to Recovery, by Cherie Hudson. Photograph of woman looking out over sea by Fuu J.
Photograph by Fuu J

It took years of living with eating disorders for one brave woman to finally discover that true healing requires forgiveness… for herself and others.

Growing up, I heard the names my brothers called me… HippoFatty, and every other fat name you can call an overweight human being. Around the age of 12 I began being bullied in school. For the next two years of my life, if you touched me in any way, my classmate would fall to the ground and yell, “I touched the goon.” Attending an all-girls Catholic high school wasn’t much better.  

By the time I

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