Friday, May 4th, 2012
Eating Right (Part 5: Anorexia)
Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He sent out His Word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave.
Psalm 107:17-20 (NIV)
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of His works with songs of joy.
Psalm 107:21-22 (NIV)
Anorexia is a dreadful affliction. Verses 1-22 of Psalm 107 speak to it. Interestingly, the author is unknown. Thankfully, God wins and so do His victimized, repentant, and obedient children. Our magnificent Lord 'fills the hungry with good things' (v.9).
Here are some facts about this killer:
1) Between .5% and 3.5% of girls are stricken with anorexia. The age of onset for 95% of the victims is between 12 and 25.
2) The mortality rate associated with anorexia is 12 times higher than the death rate for all causes of death for females 15-24 years old. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
3) Psychological profiles common among victims include: perfectionism, high self-expectations, competitiveness, hyperactivity, repetitive exercise routines, compulsiveness, drive, tendency toward depression, body image distortion, preoccupation with dieting and weight.
4) Only 30-40% of the victims ever fully recover. And for those who don't?
Starving girls look in the mirror and see fat that isn't there. 'The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God' (2 Corinthians 4:4).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.