Prevent Anorexia and Bulimia

Teach our daughters (and sons) that bulimia, anorexia, and binge eating are all forms of self-abuse, and that this violates God’s will.  [I girl with heart, valentine girl, pink heart, valentine cardCorinthians 6:19-20; Romans 12:1]

Teach our daughters (and sons) that they have Someone in Jesus Christ who understands their trials and hurts, and Who desires to meet their deepest needs.

Teach our daughters (and sons) Scriptures that directly help them deal with all that life throws their way as teenagers and pre-teens. [Philippians 4:4-9; Deuteronomy 31:6; Psalm 62:5-8]

For More Like the above, see: http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/eatingdisorders.html

Teach our daughters about their beauty and worth in Christ. [Psalm 139:14]

The following Tips come from: http://www.remudaranch.com/articles/how_parents_can_prevent_eating_disorders/index.php

Teach our daughters (and sons) by example, respect for ourselves and other people regardless of weight.  This will reduce the pressure they feel to change their bodies.

Develop our daughters’ (and sons’) self-esteem by pointing out their positive qualities that go beyond physical appearance.  And help them value and appreciate the things that are really important about themselves.

Point out to our children specific ways we see the culture, media, and peer relationships pressuring weight loss.

Teach our daughters (and sons) about the dysfunctional and problem-filled lives that many celebrities lead (even though they may have what society calls a “perfect body.”

Teach our daughters (and sons) by example, how to enjoy all foods in moderation, as well as how to enjoy exercising for fun and fitness…not weight loss.

Teach our daughters (and sons) that diets do not work and actually endanger the body, but show them the benefits of eating healthy.

Do not force children to eat and do not stop them from eating….as long as they are consuming food that is good for them.

Help them know that you love them no matter what they weigh.

“Respect women. If you put down or treat women unequally, your daughter will feel put down too, and your sons may continue this tradition of emotional violence against women. This cycle can lead to eating disorder behavior in both boys and girls.”

“Do not use food as a reward or punishment. Do not label foods as good or bad. Do not label eating habits as good or bad.”

“Know the warning signs of eating disorders. See Signs of an Eating Disorder.”

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See also: Raising Girls

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