Christianity teaches that the body is the temple of Godâ€™s spirit and that we are to take care of our bodies. But gluttony and obesity in America is at epidemic levels.
The original intent of those who suffer from eating disorders, mainly teenage girls, is to take care of their bodies by eating less. But over time they can become obsessed by controlling their food intake in a way that is similar to gluttony, but with the opposite effect.
There are three main types of eating disorders:
Anorexiaâ€”eating too little or being rigidly obsessed with avoiding perceived unhealthy foods
Bulimiaâ€”binge eating and then throwing up or taking laxatives to avoid weight gain
Exercise Bulimiaâ€”an obsession with exercise without enough caloric intake to replace the caloric output
Each of these can bring great harm to the body. And like all addictions, whether food, booze, drugs, or sex, the addiction substitutes for the place of God in the addicted personâ€™s life.
If you or someone you know suffers from an addiction that harms the body, seek Godâ€™s forgiveness and His help. Then find others who can assist you in achieving victory over the unhealthy addiction.