Bodily Abuse

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Like all addictions, whether food, booze, drugs, or sex, an eating disorder substitutes for the place of God in the addicted person’s life.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19).

Christianity teaches that the body is the temple of God’s Spirit and that we are to take care of our bodies. Although gluttony and obesity in America are at epidemic levels, many people, primarily teenage girls and young women, struggle with another form of bodily abuse—an eating disorder.

Often the original intent of those who suffer from eating disorders was to take care of their bodies by eating less. But over time they become obsessed about controlling their food intake.

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 disorders is addictive and can bring great harm to the body. And like all addictions, whether food, booze, drugs, or sex, an eating disorder substitutes for the place of God in the addicted person’s life. If you or someone you know suffers from an addiction, seek God’s forgiveness and His help. Then find others who can assist you in achieving victory over the unhealthy addiction.

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