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“Ask a Priest: What If I Struggle With Bulimia and Anorexia?”
Q: I have a huge problem with food. I am in my 40s, I live alone and still not married. Everybody says I’m a beautiful woman, but I just haven’t found the right man. I have struggled with bulimia and anorexia the last three years and have gone from being underweight to now bingeing where I can eat like a pig some days. I’m still slim but feel this is a huge problem. When I’m alone in my apartment I just want to eat a lot of sweets. Is that a Christian way to enjoy food while you live alone? What would Jesus say? I’m so nervous to be alone and have this problem. I never have friends over also because of COVID. Please help. – M.
Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC
A: My heart goes out to you.
From what you describe, you need to see a doctor or counselor as soon as possible.
Bulimia and anorexia are potentially life-threatening eating disorders. They require professional help.
Bulimia and anorexia are psychiatric illnesses that center on food and its consumption.
Bulimia is characterized by uncontrolled episodes of overeating, or bingeing. This is followed by purging with methods such as vomiting or misuse of laxatives. Anorexia, or anorexia nervosa, is a form of self-starvation.
Jesus doesn’t want you to do anything to hurt yourself. You are a beloved daughter of God.
So please, reach out to health-care professional right away. And stay close to the Blessed Virgin Mary through the rosary.
Count on my prayers, OK?
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