As a parent, it breaks my heart to think of any child having to worry about things like being loved, fed properly and treated with respect. Unfortunately, the effects of childhood maltreatment can last a lifetime.
This maltreatment can come in the form of nutritional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse or emotional abuse. While I firmly believe that the damage from raising a malnourished child can be greatly reduced or even eliminated by better nutritional choices in the future, the other forms of abuse, however, leave scars that are worn on the inside. These scars can’t be seen with an MRI, CT scan or bloodwork. And far too often as the abused child grows into adulthood he or she may not even recognize the damage that has been done.