How to Overcome Eating Disorders Part 3

by Dr. George Crabb on April 22, 2010 · 1 comment

Thank you for returning for part three on how to defeat your eating disorder. In our previous blogs we have demonstrated the awful fact that anorexia and bulimia can have on an individual. Today we will look at how parents and others can tell if their sons or daughters or other loved ones have a potential eating disorder.

I am often asked, “How do you tell if someone has an eating disorder?” First, it is not unusual to be concerned about weight and appearance. However, if a friend or loved one has any of the following signs, it may indicate they have an eating disorder: they are obsessed with food, such as counting every calorie or fat gram; they avoid the foods that they once loved to consume; they exercise too much although thin and losing weight; they start to isolate themselves and they become less sociable; they feel as though they are not good enough in anything; they never let you see what he or she is eating; they continue to lose weight even though very thin; they wear oversized clothes in an attempt to cover their thinness; they use diet pills or laxatives to lose weight; they throw up after eating (frequently goes to the bathroom after eating); they experience depression and mood swings; they experience tooth loss and decay; they experience dizziness, dry skin, hyperactivity, fainting, yellowish tint to their skin, and feeling cold all the time.

Of course, the above list is not an exhaustive list.

Most eating disorders stem from deep emotional, psychological, and spiritual roots. There are different ways of handling stressful events, but turning to anorexia or bulimia should not be an option. The behaviors associated with an eating disorder make you feel like you are in control but the opposite is true. When you choose to give in to the harmful behaviors of anorexia or bulimia you are actually giving control of your life to your enemy, the devil.

The solution to your eating disorder is far more complex than simply eating balanced meals and keeping the food down. The problem will not go away and the bondage will not be broken until the root problem is dealt with. But, freedom is possible. Freedom does exist for you. You have tried everything you know to get better. You now see your desperate need for God. You have reached your breaking point, and you know there is nothing and no one else but God.

Friend, regardless of where you may be in your struggle with an eating disorder, the good news is that there is life after this kind of an addiction. Alexis found this life. For this to be accomplished in your life, there must be a change in your behavior. I want you to know that the only effective way of changing your behavior is changing the beliefs to which you hold. My friend, come and join us at Reformers Unanimous and let us help you obtain freedom from your bondage.

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Nicholas December 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

Addiction recovery can be a very daunting task for everyone who's involved. Whether you have eating disorder or alcohol/drug addiction. Addiction recovery program and moral support from family and friends can increase you chance to beat your addiction. My ex girlfriend had eating disorder but recovered. I believe addiction recovery works. Thank you so much for increasing the awareness about how dangerous addiction can be. Keep up the good work.

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