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What's Eating You? Eating Disorder Recovery

Dr. David B. Hawkins

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Telling Ourselves the Truth About Our Bodies
They're always with us. We wake up with them, and they're with us when we go to bed at night. Sometimes we see them from a distance, and at other times we see them up close and personal.
Our bodies.

Some of us feel good about them. Many others, not so fortunate, struggle their entire lives to find some level of acceptance with them.

Why do we struggle so with our bodies? What creates an agony in some to the point of taking risky steps to alter their body image, either by binging and purging, starving, or taking laxatives to rid their body of the bumps and rolls staring at them in the mirror.

There is no simple answer. There is no single reason why so many literally hate their bodies. For some, the answer lies in a childhood of abuse and neglect leading to unresolved trauma. For others, the answer exists in making comparisons to celebrities on magazine covers and coming up short. For almost everyone, the answer lies in making a comparison from what exists to what is desired.

Though God says we've been "fearfully and wonderfully made," if your body tells you something you don't want to hear, the words of the Psalmist will fall on deaf ears. If you struggle with your self-image, you may wonder why your body continues to play tricks on you. Why, you scream, do you have those extra pounds? Why does managing your weight have to be so difficult?

While there is certainly no simple solution to our struggle with our bodies, one thing is certain: we must begin by telling ourselves the truth. Denial, dishonesty, and hiding are our enemies. We must care enough about ourselves to find others who will love us into being rigorously honest with ourselves, whether it's our consumption of more calories than we burn, starving ourselves to be thinner, or taking dangerous, life-threatening risks such as binging and purging. We cannot heal something we won't admit.

While God loves us and desires good for us, we must make changes to be healthy. We all must face the challenge of listening to our bodies, coming out of secrecy, and telling ourselves the truth about what it will take to heal. As we admit our addictions and self-destructive behavior to others, and experience their loving acceptance, we can take courageous steps toward healing.

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