The Link Between Weight Gain and Trauma

Erin Fenstermacher
6 min readNov 28, 2021

Weight gain is not just about what you eat.

If you have reached middle age, you can probably remember a stressful time in your life that caused you to gain weight. For me it was my terrible and tumultuous divorce that resulted in a 25 pound weight gain despite the fact that I was counting my points on Weight Watchers. I have seen this phenomenon many times with my clients as they go through divorces or have new babies or even retire. Some believe that the “freshman 15” or the “COVID 19” are actually linked to life-changes as well as trauma and stress rather than…

Erin Fenstermacher

Former Integrative medicine and Obesity medicine physician. Integrative Wellness Coach. Health writer.