As a college student, Lauren was the life of the party. "I was the most popular girl on campus," she says. "I was voted Miss Lincoln University. I was very confident. I don't feel that anymore." Lauren now describes herself as the "funny, fat girl" and says her friends and family would be shocked to hear she is hiding so much pain.
Over the course of several years and two failed marriages, Lauren began to overeat in order to cope with her feelings of rejection. Lauren has gained more than 100 pounds and is married for the third time, this time to her personal trainer. Lauren says her husband verbally abuses her daily about her weight. "My husband calls me 'fat ass,'" she says. "He always makes me feel like I'm nothing."