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Alaina Arthurs (left) and Patti Albertson say the COR retreat program changed their lives. Now they invite others with eating problems to Overeaters Anonymous meetings that will soon start in Pierce County. Judy Wiff photo

A fight with food

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One night on her way home from work, she stopped for an ice cream and ate it in the car.

Three stops and three ice cream treats later, Patti Albertson, rural River Falls, was home and sick from eating, but she couldn't stop.


She said she never ate at work, never let her coworkers see her eat. But another evening she carried out a dozen leftover donuts and ate them all in the car.

Alaina Arthurs understands.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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