Bible Reading: I Corinthians 10:24-33
Anorexia nervosa is not improper eating habits; it’s a refusal to eat. There are several reasons as to why young people, primarily teenaged girls, become anorexic.
Trying to be perfect by the world’s standards.
Feelings of inadequacy.
Primarily, the feeling of no control over their own lives, overstressed dad or parents, etc.
There are several indications that a child is anorexic.
Loss of weight for no apparent reason.
Obsessed with losing weight.
A refusal to eat in public.
Cut food up in small bites and moving them around on the plate instead of eating.
What can a parent do if the child (daughter) is anorexic?
First, teach your child early the importance of proper eating habits.
Secondly, do not make weight an issue. So many parents do today.
Thirdly, beauty contests are killers. Stay away from them!
Fourthly, teach your child that Godly character is better than a good figure.
Henry Wingblade used to say that Christian personality is hidden deep inside us. It is unseen, like the soup carried in a tureen high over a waiter’s head. No one knows what’s inside – unless the waiter is bumped and he trips! Just so, people don’t know what’s inside us until we’ve been bumped. But if Christ is living inside, what spills out is the fruit of the Spirit.
✞ Beautiful character will last forever; a beautiful body lasts only awhile.
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