Are You Puzzled over an Eating Disorder?

Puzzles are solved by carefully putting the pieces together to reveal a true picture. When you put the emotional clues together, the picture emerges of a person in pain—one who feels love-starved, security-deprived, or insignificant—one who is caught in a life-threatening cycle.

Learning the truth and living in the truth about the Lord’s unfailing love for you are the major pieces needed to begin solving the problem… to begin the healing process of becoming whole.

As the nation of Israel did long ago, you also can take great comfort from the Lord’s words in Isaiah...

“ ‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

(Isaiah 54:10)

What is Anorexia?

Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by compulsive, chronic self-starvation with a refusal to maintain a body weight within 15% of a person’s normal weight. 

Anorexics weigh far less than what should be their normal body weight, which is different for every person, based on age, height, gender, bone structure, and muscle mass. Body weight that is 15% below normal poses a serious threat to physical health. 

Anorexia Nervosa is an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat even though a person is dangerously underweight (at least 15% below normal). 

“Someone may be chastened on a bed of pain with constant distress in their bones, so that their body finds food repulsive and their soul loathes the choicest meal. Their flesh wastes away to nothing, and their bones, once hidden, now stick out.”

(Job 33:19–21) 

What Is Bulimia?
Bulimia is a psychological eating disorder characterized by repeated or sporadic “binge and purge” episodes. 

Bulimics practice a strict diet with intervals of binge eating— consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time. They then practice self-induced vomiting, or abuse laxatives or diuretics. 

“Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.”

(Philippians 3:19) 

Miss Ana Story

I miss Ana,” she laments.  Her dear friend is gone. 

And with that departure, her world turned upside down. 

But now she wants everything back to the way it used to be. That’s when she had control over her life… that’s when Ana was crucial in her life. Yet others objected—those who forced Ana away. 

Today, however, she has asked Ana to return … and she’s determined to get Ana back—her familiar friend, her best friend, her only friend called Ana—short for Anorexia. 

It’s startling! Around the globe, growing numbers characterize themselves as “pro-ana,” namely, pro-anorexic or prone to self-starvation. They wear the label with pride, attaching it to their slowly withering figures. They claim, “Anorexia is not an eating disorder but rather a lifestyle choice.” And now hundreds of “pro-ana” websites dispense their dark, distorted message of death. 

Websites and blogs alike help them link forces internationally to share tragic tips on everything from how to become anorexic to how to hide their non-eating habits. And for the “Mias” (short for Bulimia), who binge and purge food, there are “pro-mia” sites as well. 

An unmistakable cloud of darkness hovers over these deadly eating disorders. Meanwhile, too many Anas and Mias in the world proudly declare that they’re simply … dying to be thin.

For those who are painfully deluded, God’s plan is dramatically different from the one destroying their lives. For today, God wants them to eat and enjoy the daily bread He provides … and He wants to be their “bread of life” for all their tomorrows. For it was Jesus who said… 

“I am the bread of life.”

John 6:48

The Karen Carpenter Story

Karen Carpenter—the internationally acclaimed vocalist—could never have imagined being “center stage” for anything other than her music. 

She was the sister in the sibling duo The Carpenters—a sound sensation in the 1970s and early 80s that repeatedly rose to the top of the pop music charts. Songs like “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Close to You” contributed to this Grammy award-winning pair’s achieving worldwide sales of albums and singles exceeding 100 million.   Karen was known for her vibrant glow and velvety voice, a combination that ignited invitations for stage performances all around the world. 

February 4, 1983, marked her final curtain call. Found unconscious at her parents’ home, she was rushed to the hospital, where shortly after … she was pronounced dead. Karen died of a heart attack at the tender age of 32 … but it was her medical diagnosis that once again catapulted her … back on “center stage.” 

Proverbs, the biblical book of wisdom, presents this painful truth… 

“There is a way that seems right … but its end is the way to death.”

Proverbs 16:25 




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Grace Filled Words:

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

“Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.”

Philippians 3:19 

“Guide me in your truth and teach me.”

Psalm 25:5

Additional Scriptures: 

Philippians 4:19

Proverbs 15:32

Philippians 3:19

Psalm 139:1–18, 23–24

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