Healing in Jesus Christ through Christian Counseling for Eating Disorders
There are grave emotional and physical consequences for people suffering from anorexia, bulimia,and binge eating disorders. Out of all the listed mental illnesses, eating disorders have the highest rates of mortality and that means that getting help is not an option but a must. If food controls your life, or if you have an irrational, overwhelming fear of putting on weight, then it is most likely that you have an eating disorder. At Culver City Christian Counseling we offer faith-based counseling for eating disorders that provides you hope and the chance to regain a life of joy and peace.
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Because there is a tendency for people to stigmatize eating disorders, seeing them as minor problems or just another diet trend. People who suffer from them tend to be close-mouthed, driven to secrecy out of shame, self-loathing, and desperation.Furthermore, eating disorders typically trace back to a painful source – possibly a person or circumstance. At Culver City Christian Counseling, we are committed to helping people get over these eating disorders and guiding them to the promises of Jesus Christ and to Christ, Himself. There is hope and freedom in breaking away from the bondage that has imprisoned you for so long.
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder wherein a person is characterized as basing their worth on the thinness of their body. The person has an extreme fear of putting on weight that in turn causes them to exhibit extreme behaviors such as declining food, exercising too much, and even going to the extent of taking drugs like diuretics and laxatives, or vomiting what they just ate. People who are suffering from anorexia also wrongly perceive themselves as fat even if other people around them say they are thin. Christian counseling has been proven to treat Anorexia Nervosa.
Signs and Symptoms of Anorexia
The physical symptoms of a person suffering from Anorexia Nervosa are associated with too much weight loss while the behavioral symptoms are rooted from an extreme need to take control of one’s body weight
Below are the physical signs and symptoms of anorexia:
- Too much weight loss
- Dizziness or fainting
- Brittle hair that leads to breakage, hair loss
- Irregular heart rhythm
- Very sensitive to cold
Emotional and behavioral symptoms of anorexia are the following:
- Extreme reduction of calorie intake through fasting, dieting, and exercising too much
- Constantly thinking of food
- Constantly denying that they feel hungry
- Irrational and extreme fear of putting on weight
The Risks of Anorexia
Anorexia Nervosa is a deadly condition that physically and mentally affects a person’s health. Declining food intake results in poor nutrition that will, in turn, affect the healthy functions of the mind and body.
For instance, anorexia injures your heart. By starving yourself, you weaken your heart in ways that will cause you to have irregular heart rhythms and to feel dizzy and faint. Aside from the irregular heart rhythm, your heart rate slows down and your blood pressure also lowers, leaving you at risk for heart failure.
Anorexia also affects your bone and muscle integrity by reducing bone density, leading to osteoporosis. Your muscles can deteriorate and become weak. It also damages your hair and skin because your body is not receiving the needed nutrients that you were supposed to get from food.
Your energy levels decline and you become easily tired. Having a low body fat makes your body unable to regulate body temperature. You then become very sensitive to cold temperature and to compensate, your body will attempt to grow hair all over, a condition called lanugo.
Anorexia is a grave condition and what makes it so alarming is that those who suffer from it are in a state of denial about just how risky their behavior can be. Incidentally half of those who have anorexia also develop bulimia. If you or someone you know has anorexia, get help immediately. Christian counseling for people who have eating disorders is a must along with medical treatments so that you or your loved one can heal and recover your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
Bulimia is being described as an eating disorder wherein a person binge eats and then intentionally purges the food by way of vomiting, using diuretics, enemas or laxatives. Much like those suffering from anorexia, people who suffer from bulimia are obsessed with keeping themselves slim. The difference is that bulimic people are able to retain a healthy weight. Because of this, they are also able to project a normal image of themselves to others for a certain period before finally asking for help since they have a normal appearance and they don’t refuse to eat food. If you know of somebody who might be suffering from Bulimia, Culver City Christian counseling for eating disorders gives people the confidence that they need to be able to overcome this condition.
Symptoms of Bulimia
Bulimia nervosa is a grave condition that can be very damaging to one’s health. Overeating that is followed by purging has physical and psychological consequences.
Physical signs and symptoms of bulimia are the following:
- Persistent consumption of food in large amounts followed by episodes of purging (vomiting, the taking of laxatives, diuretics, enema)
- Swollen cheeks and jaws
- Calloused knuckles and back of the hands
- Teeth staining or discoloration
- Irregular bowel movements
Emotional and behavioral symptoms of bulimia are the following:
- Self-esteem is dependent on body image
- Repeated trips to the bathroom after eating
- Following a very strict and excessive exercise routine
- Binging and purging rituals that have become part of one’s lifestyle
- Not feeling in control of oneself during binging sessions
The Hazards of Bulimia
People with bulimia are in danger of doing physical and emotional damage to themselves. For one, the body cannot function to its full potential because of poor nutrition. Add to that, harmful behaviors such as induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, and overeating which result in a myriad of problems for the bulimic person.
Bulimia nervosa damages your digestive tract, induces tooth decay, can cause a sore throat, a torn esophagus, painful stomach, heartburn, and constipation, and these are just some of the gastrointestinal problems you will experience or might already experience.
Bulimia also affects your cardiovascular system, making your heart weak, abnormally lowering your blood pressure, producing irregular heart rhythms, and consequently putting you at risk for heart failure. Moreover, the forceful act of vomiting can also rupture the eye and facial blood vessels.
Your muscles and skin are also affected by the lack of good nutrition, which causes dehydration and makes your muscles weak. Induced vomiting can also result in scarring of the hands because of the stomach acid they are exposed to.
In addition, bulimia affects women’s reproductive health because of irregular menstrual cycles and may eventually make it difficult for bulimic women to get pregnant. If a woman is already bulimic and pregnant at the same time, both her and her baby’s health is seriously threatened.
Approximately four percent of American women are struggling with bulimia and a high mortality rate related to the condition is reported among these women. The good news is that bulimic people need not go through this alone and counselors at Culver City Christian counseling for eating disorders are committed to helping you get out of this pit of darkness and hopelessness and move towards light and hope in Jesus Christ.
Binge Eating Disorder
When a person eats way too much food for a certain period, then it is called binge eating. It becomes a disorder when this happens at least once a week for three straight months. People who are binge eating feel ashamed of their behavior and become secretive about it. But with Christian counseling, this disorder can be treated.
Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder:
If you frequently experience binge eating and feel depressed and shame afterward, then you might have a binge eating disorder. Just like other eating disorders, binge eating can also have physical, mental and emotional consequences. The signs and symptoms of binge eating disorder are the following:
- Food consumption within a specific amount of time (usually 2 hours)
- Eating in secret because of being ashamed
- Feeling like you are no longer in control of your eating behavior
- Always eating until you become uncomfortably full or still always eating even if not really hungry
- Feeling guilty, ashamed and sad with one’s own eating habits
- Dieting but never really losing weight
- Weight gain and chronic obesity
Health Risks of Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder causes a range of health concerns. People suffering with it have a hard time controlling their eating habits that are usually done on a grand scale, thereby causing life-threatening conditions.
One of the consequences of binge eating disorder is obesity. About two-thirds of people struggling with binge eating disorder are obese. By being obese, the person is at risk for hypertension, sleep apnea, heart disease and diabetes mellitus.
With heart disease, imagine that your heart is working double time to try to compensate. Because of the extra work your heart is doing, it will put you at risk for heart attack or stroke.
Binge eating can also cause Type 2 Diabetes, affecting all other body systems as well, if not treated properly.
Binge eating disorder can result in a lot of grave illnesses. About three percent of adult Americans have this disorder and more than 50 percent of them need professional help. If you have binge eating disorder, then Culver City Christian counseling for eating disorders can give you the help you need.
While some people are aware that they have an eating disorder, they are not able to manage their unhealthy eating behaviors. It is because they are either in denial, or they rationalize that what they are doing is actually healthy. It can also be challenging to identify if your eating behavior is actually already an eating disorder. The counselors at Culver City Christian counseling will be able to help you discover if you are actually suffering from the disorder or not. Some of the scenarios below might signal that you have an eating disorder:
- You often make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortable after eating
- You worry a lot about losing control of the amount of food you’ve eaten
- You’ve lost more than 15 pounds in the last three months
- You see yourself as very fat even if others are saying that you are already thin
- You feel that food is already controlling your life
Awareness and acceptance that you have an eating disorder is the most important initial step to regaining control over your life and ultimately fully recovering. At Culver City Christian counseling for eating disorders, we provide you the best evidence and faith-based support, guidance, and resources that will help you gain victory over your eating disorder.
Causes of Eating Disorders
About 10 million women and one million men in America who are in their adolescent and young adult years are suffering from all sorts of eating disorder. There are many factors that can cause eating disorders and Christian counseling can help you identify and understand what brought about this disorder in your life. It can either be rooted in a psychological, personal or social cause.
Psychological factors that lead to eating disorders are the following:
- Anxiety and depression
- Poor self-image
- Feeling like you cannot control your life
Personal factors that cause eating disorders are the following:
- Unhealthy personal relationships
- Not being able to manage and express emotions properly
- History of being bullied about one’s appearance or weight
- Past trauma or abuse
Social factors that cause eating disorders are the following:
- Societal pressure to have the “perfect body”
- Societal definition of what the ideal body weight and shape should be
- Society’s tendency to put more worth on the physical aspect of people rather than on personality and character
- Past trauma or abuse
- Stress associated with being discriminated against racially and prejudice
Being aware and fully identifying and understanding the causes of your eating disorder can be helpful towards your road to regaining control over your life. The counselors at Culver City Christian counseling for eating disorders will help you discover these and work with you so that you can finally break free and be victorious from this dangerous disorder.
It takes all the help you can get for you to be able to beat your eating disorder. At Culver City Christian counseling, the team includes a physician and a dietitian who will help you regain control and recover. A professional Christian counselor will also assist you in learning about and understanding your eating disorder and how to overcome it so you can live a life that is full and healthy.
The aims of Christian counseling for eating disorders are the following:
- Establish and maintain a healthy body weight
- Discover the causative factors of your eating disorder and how to handle those factors
- Understanding the effects of the eating disorder in your life
- Help you build self-confidence and a healthy body image
Therapy Methods in Christian Counseling for Eating Disorders
If you are suffering from an eating disorder, know that all hope is not yet lost. We will work with you to understand your situation and find the best Christian counseling method that is a fit for you.
At Culver City Christian Counseling, we will make use of all the available resources to help you gain victory over your eating disorder. The following are the types of treatments we employ to help clients who are suffering from eating disorders:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This type of therapy is said to be the most effective type of treatment for eating disorders. (CBT) mainly focuses on how you view yourself, the thoughts and behaviors towards yourself that aggravate your eating disorder. Through this therapy, you will be provided with ways and means to gain control and channel your thoughts into positive and healthy ways while at the same time learning behaviors that combat these negative thoughts and self-talk.
Family Therapy: Christian counseling for families will help you see and understand the impact your eating disorder has on your family members. On their end, it will also make your family understand what you are going through and the counselor will provide guidance for your family so that they can best help you.
Counseling for Depression: Depression is strongly associated with eating disorders. Many people who are depressed turn to food for comfort, while those who are suffering from eating disorders, in turn, become depressed. Christian counseling for depression will be able to help you understand what you are going through and also provide ways to best deal with your depression.
The many advances in psychotherapy have enabled us to give the best treatment methods for those suffering from eating disorders. Combined with these advances in psychotherapy, Christian counseling for eating disorders will be able to help you meet your needs in order for you to fully recover.
For Those Suffering From An Eating Disorder, Be Inspired by God’s Word
At Culver City Christian Counseling, it is our hope that you will be able to love and value yourself just as how God loves and values you. We hope that as you go through Christian counseling, you will be able to truly see your worth in God’s eyes thereby bringing you the inner peace, validation,and motivation to gain victory over your eating disorder. Whenever you feel hopeless, worthless or think that you just aren’t strong enough to gain control over your unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, bring yourself to read and take into heart these bible verses:
…..but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. – 1 Peter 3:4
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. – Proverbs 31:30
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. – Psalm 147:3
Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. – Jeremiah 17:14
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If you or someone you care about is suffering from an eating disorder, getting help immediately is imperative as eating disorders are life-threatening. To book an appointment, visit us online or give us a call at (949) 386-7179.
Frequently Asked Questions About Christian Counseling For Eating Disorders
Yes. At Culver City Christian Counseling, we cater to all ages who are suffering from the disorder.
Since each person is unique and has a unique set of experiences, the duration of the treatment depends on the case of each person and their responses to the treatment.
Yes, men are not exempt from eating disorders.
The Culver City Christian counselors are all excellent and experienced professionals who are able to treat all kinds of eating disorders that range from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or any other kind of eating disorder. You can be sure that they are well equipped to give you all the help and support you need.
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