Eating, Body Image, and the Gospel|Find Your True Beauty in Christ

27 Sep


“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” –2 Corinthians 5:17

According to Womenshealth, more than 60% of American women are overweight. The publication further estimates as many as 10 million women nationwide suffer from some type of eating disorder. A positive body image can be difficult to cultivate when the prevailing world view, particularly in the United States and other Western cultures, emphasizes an impossible to achieve ideal. Photo shop, air brushing, celebrity weight gain and loss and of course the ridiculous measurements of Barbie all perpetuate a love hate obsession with food. Never mind that Barbie, were she a flesh and blood female,  “…would be 5’9″ tall, have a 39″ bust, an 18″ waist, 33” hips and a size 3 shoe; she’d weigh about 110 pounds with a BMI of 16.24 which is considered underweight/anorexic (CBS). Many women have developed a love/hate relationship with food accompanied by feelings of guilt and shame. To compensate they attempt to gain mastery over their sustenance, exercise, and ultimately physicality itself by becoming more regimented. This continued struggle impedes the ability to die to self occluding the reflection of Christ. Adjusting focus from what is seen in the mirror or the number on a scale and fixing eyes on Jesus is the first step towards a Biblical body image rooted in the joy of the cross. 

Eating, Body Image, and the Gospel

Two months into my freshmen year of college, I was forced to admit something had gone terribly wrong with the way I related to food. I’d gained 30 pounds in that short time, double the stereotypical “Freshman 15” some students gain over the course of an entire school year. Deep down I knew my weight gain wasn’t only the result of unhealthy cafeteria food or insufficient exercise. I was eating constantly and compulsively for reasons I didn’t understand—and I couldn’t stop. I felt completely condemned and paralyzed with embarrassment, which I knew wasn’t helpful or biblical, but I had no idea how to think otherwise. I was stuck.

Read on: Eating, Body Image, and the Gospel – The Gospel Coalition Blog.


One Response to “Eating, Body Image, and the Gospel|Find Your True Beauty in Christ”


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