Eating disorder as a "sin"
A parent recently contacted me to express her distress at a radio show she heard on the topic of eating disorders. I have listened to some of the tapes and I do feel very concerned for parents who might hear the show and develop inaccurate ideas about the nature of eating disorders and faith.
The idea that an eating disorder is a "besetting sin," one that mothers push their daughters into, is deeply concerning to me.
I wrote to the radio interviewer (whose daughter has bulimia) and the author who is being interviewed to share my concern. I am positive that they are both well-meaning people who are simply not aware that an eating disorder is a treatable psychiatric disorder and not a reflection of the morality or true nature of that person. Neither have responded.
I am sure that parents will have thoughts on this and may want to reach out to these mothers. I ask, as always, that it be done with respect and calm. This is also not a matter of religion or criticism of religion. I believe it is always best to assume that other people do not wish to cause harm and do not mean to - they lack information and should welcome it.
The show is called Reviving Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss The guest speaker Elyse Fitzpatrick, speaking about her book, "Love to Eat, Hate to Eat" (2004)