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journeywithchrist asked: Hi! I just saw the question you answered about eating disorders and I just wanted to say that people don't 'take on' eating disorders, an eating disorder is a mental illness, not something you just wake up and decide to do one day.

peterdwebb:

Hey, thanks for the message.

I’d like to push back on that idea a bit. I would say there are many possibilities when it comes to eating disorders. I really don’t know much about it, but from what I do know, this is my opinion:

1) Sometimes an eating disorder might be a conscious decision made by someone to achieve a specific end, possibly a weight or appearance change, possibly an emotional feeling. This conscious decision can develop into an addiction as well.

2) Sometimes an eating disorder might be caused by a mental illness. Something not working correctly in someone’s head. Might be something making them think they are full or hungry when they aren’t. Or something making them think they have an emotional need to eat or abstain.

3) Sometimes it could be because of a deep sadness. People looking to food or a lack of it to fill a void.

4) Sometimes it could be because of demonic oppression or possession.

There’s probably more causes. Right now, my opinion is that an eating disorder not a mental illness. By definition it’s a behavior, and one that could be caused by a mental illness, but not always.

GREAT NEWS THOUGH!

1) Jesus came to make us new! We don’t have to be the person that threw up to get skinnier. Or binged to make us feel better. Jesus came to break off every chain of bondage! He can fill the void!

2) The Bible says that people with all kinds of illnesses came to Him and received healing. Even before Jesus was born into the flesh, God’s name was Healer. Mental illness can be healed just like everything else!

3) Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Whatever sadness is there, He is more powerful. Whatever the strength of the depression, Jesus is stronger. His spirit is the ultimate comforter! He’s the hope of all the world! He can be the hope for your situation!

4) Jesus has complete authority over demons. Spiritual deliverance is a part of the victory that was won on the cross. Demons don’t have any power in His presence. When light enters a room, the darkness has to leave.

So to those that are dealing with this: have faith! Whether it’s a long road or a short road, keep believing that you’re on the road to recovery.

STEPS TO RECOVERY (From a guy who knows very little about eating disorders, but is friends with the God of the universe)

1) Pray. Whoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.
2) Read scripture. Jesus told a lady with an illness “your faith has made you whole.” Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. You won’t last without faith!
3) Be wise. Avoid stuff that encourages the behavior. Take medication that’s prescribed by doctors.
4) Stay in community. Talk to spiritual leaders. Have accountability partners. Invest in good, deep friendships.
5) Spend time asking God about His plan for your life. Figure out your identity as a child of God. Be willing for God to change your heart into what He wants it to be.

no. it is never a conscious choice. eating disorders are a mental illness and distorted/disturbed thinking. NEVER guilt an individual suffering from anorexia that they asked for this, they “took it on”…they fell to the temptation of their mind, their thoughts, their emotions, societal pressure.

Do not. just do not, research before you make such a generalized statement.

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