1. You’ve got to talk about the elephant, because nobody else is really that excited about it. Eating Disorders are one of the elephants in the room. We need to talk about the elephant in the room, so we can share the burden. They’re hard to talk about, because, as some say, ‘Don’t ever ask a girl how much she weighs.’ That can be true, but the more we talk about them in a sensitive way as Julia reminded her readers in this post, the more others can begin to understand, help, and share the burden.
2. There are misunderstandings about eating disorders that we need to clear up. They aren’t something that you can clear up by just saying, ‘Why don’t you just eat?’ They need to be worked through, sensitively, lovingly, and with a gentle firmness. Sometimes people don’t realize how much casual remarks about weight or dieting affect girls who are struggling. We need to get it out there and talk through these issues. We need to provide safe/non judgmental environments in which the girls can share and receive counsel and wisdom from others. They have to know that they aren’t alone.
3. Putting out our insecurities for others to see breaks down other’s walls. It makes it seem less scary for other girls, boys, women, and men to share their story. It shows them that there are those who will listen, who can encourage, and have experienced the same thing, and had victory over it!
So, find a place to share your story! Find a person who will listen and share it. Share the ups and the downs. I have ups and downs still every day, and the best part is knowing that most of all, I have a Heavenly Father who gives me the victory in Jesus Christ. He provides the ultimate victory!
1 Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Have you shared your story?
Do you think the general public knows enough about eating disorders?
How should we educate people and inform people about eating disorders and helping those struggling with them to recover?