Written by Pamela K. Orgeron, M.A., Ed.S., BCCC, ACLC
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week started today and ends Sunday, March 4, according to National Eating Disorders Awareness. This an issue personal to me, as I have overcome an eating disorder myself, as well as disordered eating and wellness being the topic of my thesis to receive my Education Specialist degree.
Obesity and eating disorders are epidemics in the United States. My heart is grieved to look around and see the number of both overweight and underweight individuals in society who are slowly committing suicide. Yes, they are slowly committing suicide, as eating disorders can kill. If not directly, indirectly through the illnesses such as heart disease, blood pressure problems, and other health problems brought on by the disorders.
I encourage anyone who has issues with food, weight, or body image to seek professional help, as well as other resources available. One resource I would like to recommend is the book entitled Food as an Idol: Finding Freedom from Disordered Eating that the Lord inspired me to write after recovering from my own battle with food and body image issues.