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By: Kirsten Wilson

Proverbs 31:30 says: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” (NIV)

As some of you may have known, a few weeks ago (February 22-28) was National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. To help raise awareness about the seriousness of eating disorders my school, Liberty University, held a Health & Wellness Seminar and had a walk through exhibit called “The Mind of an Eating Disorder.”

Although you personally may not suffer from an eating disorder, studies show that 1 in 5 women do (National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) guide, Eating Disorders: Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions). 90% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25 years old (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, The Center for Mental Health Services, offices of the US Department of Health and Human Services).

Though some eating disorders are caused by pressure to look a certain way, many are caused by stress and anxiety. As I walked through the exhibit of “The Mind of an Eating Disorder,” I was first shown a healthy mindset. There were lots of pictures of family and friends, a calendar planned with fun outings, and a prayer journal. It than transitioned into an unhealthy mindset. There were pictures of models and tear outs of magazine advertising everything from shampoo to nail polish all saying, “If you had that ‘thing’ you could be beautiful too.” There was a food diary to record everything eaten that day, and scale to keep track of weight loss. What stood out to me the most was a poster of Adriana Lima, a famous supermodel, with a quote she had stated in an interview. It read, “No, it’s all fake. From my hair to my toes to my nails. Everything’s fake. Everything! Even my heart is fake.”

We try so hard to maintain a certain level of beauty. We try to live up to the media’s standard of beauty even though it’s fake! The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 3:3-5 how God sees beauty: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful….” (NIV).

We also need to remember that our bodies belong to the Lord and that He made us perfect! At the end of the Health & Wellness Seminar, we ended by turning to the person on our left and the person on our right and telling them, “You are a beautiful creation of God!” Today I say that to you; don’t ever forget it!

My Prayer for Today:

Lord, please help those who are struggling with this serious disorder. You are the ultimate healer and can deliver anyone. Please fill them with hope and place people in their lives who can help them. Please help me to be a light to those I may encounter, who are struggling with an eating disorder, and I don’t even know it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:

I'm Beautiful, Why Can't I See It?: Promote Healthy Eating and Positive Self-Esteem, by Kimberly Davidson

Lies Young Women Believe and the Truth that Sets them Free, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh

Authentic Beauty: The Shaping of a Set-apart Young Woman, by Leslie Ludy

Live It:

Visit this link and watch the video

Write on an index card, “I am a beautiful creation of God!” and display it somewhere you will see regularly to remind you of that.

Get educated on eating disorders. By learning about them you can better help those who are struggling with them. (Visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org)

Think About It:

After watching the clip, how did you feel?

How does it feel knowing that 1 in 5 women have an eating disorder?

Power Verses:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (NIV)

Psalm 139:13-14, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (NIV)

***If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please get help or encourage them to get help, or tell someone in authority such as a parent of guidance counselor. Eating disorders are very serious and need to be dealt with professionally.***

Statistics taken from: http://eatingdisorderinfo.org/Resources/EatingDisordersStatistics/tabid/964/Default.aspx

© 2009 by Kirsten Wilson. All rights reserved.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow watch that video. It gives you a different perspective of things

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