Believe it or not, psychology is involved in the metabolic syndrome. The metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that can put you at risk for developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Childhood trauma increases the risk of having a metabolic syndrome diagnosis?
You must have at least 3 of the following to have metabolic syndrome: abdominal obesity, glucose intolerance, high blood pressure, low level of “good” cholesterol (HDL), and a high triglyceride level.
The childhood trauma of emotional and physical abuse increases the risk of having the metabolic syndrome for both men and women. Sexual abuse increases the risk for women. As the severity of abuse gets worse, the number of factors making up the metabolic syndrome increases. Sleep problems, which are often the result of childhood trauma, can interfere with carbohydrate metabolism and endocrine function and lead to greater food consumption.
In cases of trauma-induced metabolic syndrome, using psychology to lose weight should be one of the first-line standard treatments.