Bodily Abuse

August 14, 2009

“It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glory to search out one’s own glory.” Proverbs 25:27 – Proverbs 25:27

Christianity teaches that the body is the temple of God’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:

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 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.