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Binge eating

I'm a 55 Y/O female who has been binge eating for about 20 years. I've been to every kind of therapy, even went to a psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorders, gave me an RX ( don't remember the name) I've gained and lost 50LBS 3 times, this time I gained 60LBS and can't loose the last 25. I can't control my eating no matter what I do. I've also been to OA and I didn't like it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Pat
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May I ask what it was about OA you didn't like? Would it be possible to see a therapist or dietitian that specializes in eating disorders? The combination of both actually would probably be ideal if that is possible.

Ashley
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I totally understand your condition.  I too am battling an eating disorder for many years and now I over eat too. It tends to change lot through the years but disordered.  I used to starv e myself for years.

  Its a coping mechanism for lifes stresses and not knowing how to deal with our feelings. Like me I think you would benefit from more support.  Seeing a dietitian and therapist to talk about your feelings can help alot.  Also this pattern is very addictive.  You may want to get help to brake the cycle and go to intense treatment with a eating disorder program.  But take small steps that you can maintain and be gentle on yourself!  Learn to put yourself first for once instead of everyone else. This is a trait very common to us overeaters. Then we realise we need care too and feed ourselves in an attempt to love ourselves. You are loved and you are worth taking care of and to be put first.

Do you ever pray to god? Are you of a ceratin faith? I do and faith in Jesus really does help  a lot.

feel free to talk to me anytime

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Hey Marlene and NursePat,  I suffered from bulimia for 15 yrs.  Couldn't quit for the life of me.  It is SOOOO adictive, and such a terrible cycle.  Leads to shame and disgust.

Well....just wanted to let you all know that I started reading the Bible.  Once I realized how far away from God's will I was, (I was not a Christian at the time), I immediately stopped throwing up!  No kidding!  Believe it or not, that is what kind of effect God can have on a person's life.  Ever since then, I have been a follower of His, and praising His name for what He did for me.

Now I will tell you that I still overeat.  I am still working on that.  BUT I am not longer in that awful eat/purge/eat cycle anymore.  And even if I am not my "supposedly" ideal weight, I know that I am still loved by my God!  And that's what really counts.

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Wow! Thank you so much for this encouragement!  May I ask what do you mean by Gods will and being far from it? I want to do this myself but I'm unsure of what his will is vs mine. I'm a believer and don't understand what I'm fou h wrong. What should I be doing when I feel nothing and am resigned to my condition after years of praying and no healing. My hope has faded over this. I feel almost lost to this hopelessness. Please help me to underaxtand what I must do to be in Gods will I will do it whatever it takes! Thank you, Gods blessings,  Mar
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Mar,

God's will is that we do not sin.  Sin is going outside of His commandments.  Right before I became a child of God, I read the Bible like I would any book.  When I came to the Law of Moses, I couldn't believe how "strict" of a Law and how holy a Law it was.  Then I realized that I never knew who God really was and what He expected of us.  Of course if you are a child of God, you are no longer under the Law of Moses, but under the Law of Christ.  He says to love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and...to love your neighbor as yourself.  That pretty much covers ALL the Law.  Love covers the mulitude of sin.

Anyway...I knew I was definitely a sinner and FAR away from what God said we "should be" in the Bible.  I felt miserable, lost, desperate and REALLY SCARED of the position I was in.  After all, I didn't want to die being guilty and having to pay for my sins in hell.  But at the same time Mar, even though I saw a very strict and severe God in the book I was reading, I also saw a very loving One also.  I saw that He cared enough for me that He went to the cross for me.  That means that "I" was supposed to go to the cross (punishment) for MY sins.  But He, out of His love for ME, took my place.  Wow.....That really touched me.  No one had ever done anything "nice" for me.  But to give their life for mine?  And He also said that ALL my sins would be taken away if I became a child of His.  Well...I had quite a few of those.......So one day, ....after reading Bible for about 3 months....something happened inside of me.  I just knew I was different. (I was born again!!!) The things that I used to like to do, like cuss, watch movies I shouldn't, lie, ect...weren't appealing to me anymore.  In fact I hated them!  Oh!  And the throwing up.....it went away immediately!!!!  I knew it was sin (going against God's will), and I couldn't do it anymore.  Jesus saved me, died for me, and even took away ALL my sins.  Not only, He took away the purging that I had done for 15 yrs of my life, just in one second!

God says our (believer's) bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost.  We are supposed to respect our bodies because the Holy Spirit lives in them.  It's His house, so to say.  He says also to live our lives as if "alive from the dead".  Why?  Because He has made us alive again.  When someone is near death, and given another chance, don't they see life in a different manner?  Yes!  They appreciate it much more!  They try not to do the same mistakes they did in their "previous life".  

Sorry this is long.  But God's will is that we take care of our bodies, because He is the One who created them.  I know that trying to have control over your eating disorder is frustrating and that you can lose the battle off and on.  But remember Mar, God gave us the weapons to fight against this.  He said to take up our armour (the word of God) and resist the Devil and he will flee from you.  Yes you have to pray.  But you have to stop each time you are about to take a bite and ask for help (from God).  You can't fight this battle yourself.  Also remember that God has the authority over EVERY principality and power, so that means you do too!  Remember, you have the Holy Spirit IN you?!!!  So you have already won the battle.  

I will pray for you.
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