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Often, unhappiness and fear beget binge eating, and it was this exact scenario that compelled Nakisha Ramsey to sequester herself in her car and consume a gallon of ice cream and a pack of Oreos on the reg. “I was having babies back-to-back, was in an abusive relationship, and no matter how much I prayed for happiness, I couldn’t seem to grasp it,” Ramsey says. Before she knew it, she had lost her identity and had swelled to 220 pounds.

Taking hold of her self-esteem began, ironically, when her father told her she couldn’t in 2004. Ramsey opened up about wanting to leave her abusive marriage and raise

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