“How can I teach younger women to love their bodies when I struggle to do so myself on a regular basis?” I thought this as I shared with my friend how I never feel good enough. A lot of times women think that body image is talked about WAY too much at women’s conferences, teen girl bible studies, and events. However, it is one area that seems to be affecting and influences more people than ever before.
Below is information from the American Addiction Center:
What Is Anorexia?
Anorexia, which is the common name of the disorder anorexia nervosa, is a condition where people see themselves as being overweight, or want to control the shape and size of a specific body part, even when they are extremely thin. In its chronic form, it can manifest as an intense fear of gaining weight or an extreme obsession over the shape of the body, to the point that people stop eating, exercise excessively, and take other action to avoid gaining weight.
This results in those with anorexia:
- Having a low weight for their body type and height
- Actively avoiding efforts to gain and maintain a healthy weight
- Developing an unhealthy relationship with food
- Limiting food intake and eating a regulated range of food types
- Inducing vomiting after meals, if anorexia occurs alongside bulimia
I do not know if you personally struggle with any or all of the above, but I know in my own life that I do. I never have thought that I have anorexia, but I do believe that I have tendencies and mentalities that could lead there if I am not careful.
So how do we handle this? What do we do with this information?
We need to create a game plan. No one plays a sport or goes to was without a plan of action. Plus, when we put on the helmet of salvation we know that our battle is not against the flesh, but against the powers of darkness and hell. (Ephesians 6:12)
PLAN OF ACTION:
1 – Identify your weakness: It is vital to pray and ask God to search your heart and know your thoughts, to see if there is any offensive way in you, so He can lead you down His path of life everlasting. (Psalm 139:23) We cannot fight a battle we do not believe exists.
2 – Find Truths to Cover Lies: Seek out scriptures that will encourage you and cover the lies of the enemy in weak moments. Write these down on notecards; memorize them by hiding God’s word in your heart! (Psalm 119:11)
3 – Get Accountability: Talk to someone (preferably a mentor) who you trust to share your struggle with, who can encourage you and hold you accountable. It is beneficial to have someone who will sharpen you in your identity and your faith. (Proverbs 27:17)
I hope that you are motivated to look deep within yourself and see what you struggle with in your personal daily life. Maybe it is not body image? However, we all have issues. Thankfully we are loved and encouraged by the God who sees us and loves us abundantly. We never walk alone. We were made in His image and are all on journeys of embracing our true identities in Jesus.