According to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), nearly 10 million women and 1 million men struggle with eating disorders. Many struggle silently. The cause of eating disorders is complex, and the effects are dangerous. Within your family or circle of friends, someone is probably struggling with an eating disorder right now.
The Eating Disorder Coalition of Tennessee reports that eating disorders are the leading cause of mental illness-related death.
Eating disorders lead to suicide, heart attack, esophageal erosion and heart attacks. The life-threatening and physical consequences are great and can be long-lasting.
We also know the effects eating disorders have on an individual’s health, relationships, families and fellowship with God. Shame is one of the feelings most often experienced by those with eating disorders. They experience shame related to their bodies, their past, their behavior and their secrets. Shame is something each individual on a path to healing must overcome in order to experience God’s grace and love.
“The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.”
~ Psalm 34:17-19