Eating Disorders: A Faith-based Approach towards Recovery
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital
In Thessalonians, Apostle Paul prayed, “May God himself, the God of Peace, sanctify you through and through.” May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it. (Amplified I Thes. 5:23)
In Matthew 11:28 Jesus makes this promise, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yolk is easy and my burden is light.” (Amplified)
Recent eating disorders studies are showing that there is a positive correlation between spirituality and psychotherapy (Spirituality as Therapy for an Eating Disorder) (Walker, Reese, Hughes & Troskie, 2010) (Webb, Robinson & Brower, 2010) (Pargament & Saunders, 2007).
A faith-based approach to the treatment of eating disorders can assist the individual toward self-forgiveness. It may also allow these individuals to explore with their counselor, the root causes of trauma and/or shame.
One thing we do know among the faith-based community, is that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to treat eating disorders on your own. Ministers most often lack the specialized training to treat or conduct counseling for an individual with an eating disorder. It is highly recommended to refer to professional Christian counselors or Christian psychologists, to receive a whole person-centered focus for treatment.
To learn more about the signs and symptoms of eating disorders feel free to contact us at Brookhaven Hospital by calling 918.438.4257. Our Pathway for Eating Disorders Treatment program can be combined with our RENEWAL Christian Care option to integrate your spiritual concerns with your mental health treatment.