Christianity teaches that the body is the temple of God’s spirit and that we are to take care of our bodies, yet eating disorders, gluttony and obesity in America are at epidemic levels.
The original intent of those who suffer from eating disorders, mainly teenage girls, is to get power over their bodies by eating less. Unfortunately, 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:
Anorexia – eating too little or being rigidly obsessed with avoiding perceived unhealthy foods.
Bulimia – binge eating and then throwing up or taking laxatives to avoid weight gain.
Exercise Bulimia – 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 person’s life.
If you suffer 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. Remember, nothing is impossible with God.