What does the Bible say about taking care of our bodies? Well, for starters, it clearly says the bodies of believers are temples of the Holy Spirit. That means God the Holy Spirit LIVES inside you! It makes sense, then, that we should take good care of ourselves, doesn’t it? If that’s the case, why are there so many who abuse their bodies? When we do that, we shorten not only our lives, but also the ability for God to use us for His purposes.
So, let’s talk about some eating disorders:
- People with anorexia nervosa have a distorted body image that causes them to see themselves as overweight even when they’re dangerously thin. Often refusing to eat, exercising compulsively, and developing unusual habits such as refusing to eat in front of others, they lose large amounts of weight and may even starve to death.
- Individuals with bulimia nervosa eat excessive quantities, then purge their bodies of the food by using laxatives, diuretics, vomiting, or exercising. Often acting in secrecy, they feel disgusted and ashamed as they binge, yet relieved of tension and negative emotions, once their stomachs are empty again.
- Like people with bulimia, those with binge eating disorder experience frequent episodes of out-of-control eating. The difference is that binge eaters don’t purge their bodies of excess calories and they easily become gluttonous.
Each of these disorders can bring great harm to the body. And like all addictions, whether food, booze, drugs, or sex, the addiction is a substitute for the place of God in the addicted person’s life.
If you or someone you know suffers from an addiction that harms the body, seek God’s forgiveness and His help. Then find others who can assist you in achieving victory over the unhealthy addiction. Trust me, you can be victorious! For with God, all things are possible!