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What do the Scriptures say about bulimia?

Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by a cycle of binge eating and purging. Those who struggle with bulimia often feel helpless. But the Scriptures tell us that God can fully heal and restore the sufferers from this disorder (Galatians 5:1). In fact, God can re-create their minds and bodies anew (Isaiah 1:18) to make them fit His image (Genesis 1:27).

Jesus said, “without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). To experience victory over bulimia, you first need to claim God’s promises by faith. The Lord assures you can be “saved to the uttermost” (Hebrews 7:25), be “more than conqueror” (Romans 8:37) and “always triumph” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Second, instead of focusing on the weakness, focus on Christ by having a daily relationship with Him through the study of His Word and prayer. There is infinite power in His word. As long as you stay connected to God daily, you can experience complete victory. “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit…” (John 15:5). And you will be able to say, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

The Bible teaches that how you look is not what defines you (1 Peter 3:3). For “LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). God loves you so much that He sent His son to die for you (John 3:16). So, your value comes from who you are in Christ.
Therefore, respect your body, “Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV).

Third, take constructive steps to overcome bulimia by implementing a healthy food plan around the American Dietetic Association guidelines with the supervision of medical doctors. And also seek the assistance of Christian counselors who will guide you emotionally and give you the support you need on your path to recovery.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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