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Christian Based Eating Disorder Treatment: Do you need it? - Heleen's Blog

Christian Based Eating Disorder Treatment: Do you need it?

You might have seen my blogs about Christian based eating disorder treatment and wondered if you really have a  “problem”.  Maybe you just need another diet or need to pray more about this…

This question of whether one really has an eating disorder is actually quite common, also in Christian circles. It is plain to see that a person with anorexia or bulimia needs help, but other eating disorders such as compulsive overeating or binge eating disorder tend to be outright denied or minimized by the person who struggle with this as well as the people surrounding her life.

For years I wasn’t sure what to make of it either because as Christians we tend to do one of two things:

We look at our eating problem only from a spiritual perspective. We neglect to face the fact that God has made us stewards over our bodies and emotions: So we pray and we fast yet nothing seems to change and we stay stuck in a cycle of  promising ourselves and God that we will do better, just to fail again the next day.

On the flip side, we tend to totally deny that food struggles might have a spiritual root such as idolatry or gluttony. We play it down as something insignificant, something we have to take care of ourselves and not “bother” God with. We are convinced that we should just “find the right diet and get a grip” or “have some self-control already!” So we stay stuck in this place year after year, feeling condemned and convinced that we are “second-class Christians”

Have you considered that what you are dealing with might be an eating disorder?

You don’t have to vomit or sneak food to have an eating disorder.  A disordered way of relating to food can rear its ugly head in many other ways.

See if you can relate…

  • Every birthday we promise ourselves that we will start a diet as soon as the cake is eaten.
  • Every Christmas we wish that we could fit in a nice Christmas dress or sweater, but we drink our gingerbread-lattes, eat our pumpkin pie, stay hidden in our houses and promise ourselves that next Christmas we will be thin.
  • Every Spring we find ourselves staring at the breath taking summer dresses and we make plans to go on a diet that can take off 50 pounds in two weeks.
  • Every Summer we hate wearing Capri pants when others wear shorts, we hate wearing cotton shirts when others wear tank tops and we decide that we will try it too. So we buy it, but we cringe and we promise ourselves that next summer will be different.
  • Every wedding invitation makes our hearts skip a beat, not because of excitement, but because of stress. We get on the computer and search into the wee morning hours for a diet, the perfect diet potion, or the perfect pill to get us thin before the dreaded wedding date.
  • Every day we promise ourselves that tomorrow will be different, and every night we cry ourselves to sleep because we did it again…

If any of this sounds familiar then you might be at a crossroads with your eating. It’s time to face the music: You need the help of God and people who understand.

Overeating and food addiction are actually very common among Christians. For years gluttony has been the “acceptable sin”. The truth is that it hurts our relationships with God and it harms our health and our families, just like any other sin. You can read more about Weight problems in the church on my website.
If you keep denying that this is a sin or a serious matter in your life, you will stay stuck. Please let the Holy Spirit search your heart. Start today on your journey to freedom by facing the seriousness of this matter. Then bring it before God, repent and ask Him to show you which way you should take to get out of this sinful pattern.

From a girl who lived in denial for many years and wants you to be free as well

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3 thoughts on “Christian Based Eating Disorder Treatment: Do you need it?”

  1. This just described me for 14 years until I worked through Heleens 12 week programme, where I discovered the amount of lies satan had thrown at me over the years and the denial I was in. I am now free and happy and believe healed of bulimia thanks to Heleens programme and a loving caring Saviour!

  2. I am crying out to God every day because I need help. I’ve been bulimic for 26 years. I promise the Lord that I won’t do it again and I cry to Him because I feel so guilty. The next day my promises once again go unfulfilled. I’m scared that the Lord is going to turn His back on me because of my sinfulness. I have no self control. I need help but I have very little money. I’m scared I’m going to have a heart attack.

  3. Hi Pam

    I’m so sorry to hear that you’re struggling. This is a very difficult battle, and I know that most ladies who read this blog post can relate to the fear you’re talking about, as well as the guilt and shame for going in the same cycle day after day. I want to encourage you though that God’s mercy is still available to you every morning, according to His Word, and that He can do that which is impossible for you to do.

    Please download my free ebook and trial week 1 of my program to better understand what I’m talking about. I trust that it will give you new hope that you are NOT beyond saving. In fact Jesus came to set the captives free and bring healing to broken hearts, and that includes you Pam (Isaiah 61)

    Click here to download my free ebook: http://www.eatingsdisorders.com/ebook/
    Click here to get a free trial to my 12 week online program: http://www.eatingsdisorders.com/12-week-online-program/


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