From page 162 of Born to Love:
A ground-breaking study of more than seventeen thousand Californians enrolled in the Kaiser Permanente health plan has shown that childhood trauma is a critically overlooked factor in the obesity epidemic – and in virtually every other major cause of death studied. The risks for heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes, asthma, and even many cancers are all effected by trauma-related changes in the stress response system.
I have never seen this stated so plainly – but I don’t doubt it.
Costa Rica no doubt saved my life.