Local author shares journey through obesity

Mount Gambier Library will host an evening with local author Jenny Marshall for the launch of her memoir Death by Chocolate Cake; My journey through obesity with love on Wednesday 30 June at 7:00pm at City Hall.

Mount Gambier woman Jenny Marshall has endured more than most could imagine; her childhood was marred by years of emotional, psychological, physical and sexual abuse. With food becoming one of Jenny’s only sources of comfort, her road towards morbid obesity began and by the age of 12 she already weighed 132kg. A target of school and, later, workplace bullying, her weight continued to increase, as did her sense of shame and severe depression. At her heaviest, Jenny reached 250kg and had begun to suffer serious health issues.

Death by Chocolate Cake documents Jenny’s courageous journey from a place of deep-rooted shame and depression towards a place of self-love and happiness. Her decision to change her life for the better was instigated by a friend who convinced her that her life mattered, and by her recognition that her obesity was a symptom of her abuse and not a disease.

My first experience of being loved was the catalyst for my journey of inner healing and overcoming obesity. It motivated me to find the root causes of my obesity and to address them which ultimately led to my transformation and freedom.

– Author Jenny Marshall

Her success, however, is single-handedly due to her own courage and strength. By learning to accept herself and her body, becoming more informed about food, and hiking with her adopted greyhound Dreamy, Jenny lost over 100kg. She is now an accredited Functional Medicine Health Coach and plans to use her own experiences to help others.

“My hope is that people identify with my story and have the courage to change their life for the better,” Jenny said.

The event is free and bookings are required due to limited spaces. Contact Mount Gambier Library on 8721 2540 or book online at www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au/library under ‘Programs and Events’.

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