Dealing with Body Image

Have you struggled to deal with body image issues in your eating disorder recovery? Do you have a difficult time looking at yourself in the mirror? Even though it may be difficult to do, it's important to address the issue of body image in eating disorder recovery.

Have you struggled to deal with body image issues in your eating disorder recovery? Do you have a difficult time looking at yourself in the mirror? Even though it may be difficult to do, it's important to address the issue of body image in eating disorder recovery.

Remember that this is a distressing time for you and that your perspective of things might be different, so the image you see in the mirror might be distorted in your mind. Therefore, when others assure you that you are not fat, they may be right. Consider believing what they have to say.

Another voice to listen to is God's. If you will go to Him with the body image issue, and truly listen to Him, you might be surprised at what He has to say. Remember that He has the healthiest and most truthful perspective of all. And in Christian eating disorder recovery, you always have God at your side.

Remember that God created you in His own image. Therefore, what you say about your appearance is also a comment on His creation. While your weight can change one way or the other, you have been given a basic shape. Do your best to accept whatever that is.

You might want to try replacing the lies and negative thoughts about your body with the truth and positive statements. List anything truthful and positive that you can, whether it be something you think yourself, something others observe or what God has said about you. Keep those positives easily accessible and refer to them often.

Realize it's possible that your focus on body image is a distraction from deeper issues. Perhaps there is something underneath that you are avoiding dealing with whether you realize it or not. Maybe you would like to discuss this with your counselor or another member of your treatment team.

You don't have to be bound to negative thoughts about your appearance. Even though body image issues can be complicated to address, it is possible. Get the help you need, make it a matter of prayer, and listen to what God has to say about you.
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Remember that this is a distressing time for you and that your perspective of things might be different, so the image you see in the mirror might be distorted in your mind. Therefore, when others assure you that you are not fat, they may be right. Consider believing what they have to say.

Another voice to listen to is God's. If you will go to Him with the body image issue, and truly listen to Him, you might be surprised at what He has to say. Remember that He has the healthiest and most truthful perspective of all. And in Christian eating disorder recovery, you always have God at your side.

Remember that God created you in His own image. Therefore, what you say about your appearance is also a comment on His creation. While your weight can change one way or the other, you have been given a basic shape. Do your best to accept whatever that is.

You might want to try replacing the lies and negative thoughts about your body with the truth and positive statements. List anything truthful and positive that you can, whether it be something you think yourself, something others observe or what God has said about you. Keep those positives easily accessible and refer to them often.

Realize it's possible that your focus on body image is a distraction from deeper issues. Perhaps there is something underneath that you are avoiding dealing with whether you realize it or not. Maybe you would like to discuss this with your counselor or another member of your treatment team.

You don't have to be bound to negative thoughts about your appearance. Even though body image issues can be complicated to address, it is possible. Get the help you need, make it a matter of prayer, and listen to what God has to say about you.

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Copyright by Laurie Glass.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Laurie Glass is the author of Journey to Freedom from Eating Disorders.
She is a recovered anorexic who holds a Master of Ministry degree
in Christian Counseling. She mentors those with eating disorders
and writes about Christian eating disorder recovery. See Laurie's
website Freedom from Eating Disorders

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