What Are Eating Disorders: Why Early Detection of the Disease Is Hard

Because early intervention in an eating disorder generally leads to quicker recovery, recognizing the early signs and symptoms is crucial. However, eating disorders can be hard to recognize in the early stages for several reasons. First, the initial changes may be subtle. Your loved one may simply cut back on sweets or decide to exercise a bit more. Naturally, these changes typically elicit praise from others, not censure. In addition, it takes time for the disordered eating to impact the physical body enough to be noticed by others. People suffering with Anorexia may also resort to wearing baggy clothing in an attempt to hide weight loss or other bodily changes. Thus, by the time significant weight changes or other forms of physical deterioration become obvious, the disease is no longer in the early stages. For individuals suffering from Bulimia, the physical signs are even more subtle, as weight fluctuations tend to be less drastic than the weight loss associated with Anorexia. By the time changes in hair, skin, teeth, nails or other more serious medical complications arise, the disease is well progressed.

Second, the initial changes often mimic modern attitudes about food, nutrition and weight loss. For example, deciding to “eat more healthy” may translate into consuming more fruits and vegetables, less starchy or fatty foods, or deciding to eliminate meat from the diet. None of these decisions would be considered out of the norm and may be supported by family and friends as representing better food choices consistent with increased health consciousness. Thus, the accolades that individuals receive further fuel the disease. Indeed, as long as a proper nutritional balance is maintained, such changes would be fine if they stopped there. The problem with sudden or severe dietary changes, however, is that these changes may play a role in triggering the onset of an eating disorder for those who are already vulnerable either genetically or environmentally or both.

Third, due to common misconceptions about the disorder as well as the stigma surrounding the disease, people are reluctant to consider the presence of an eating disorder or simply do not know how to recognize the symptoms. In addition, because eating is both an intensely private as well as public behavior, friends or loved ones may be reluctant to observe or confront the issue, particularly if they are only noticing small changes.

Fourth, because denial of the problem is a common characteristic of those with an eating disorder, casual observers are easily persuaded that no problem exists and the person is able to progress further into the disease before their repeated denials become suspect. Individuals with eating disorders also become quite skilled 먹튀검증사이트 at the appearance of eating. For example, they may cut food into smaller and smaller bites, push the food around on the plate or even dump food into a napkin to give the appearance of having consumed at least part of their meal. In addition, the early stages of disordered eating may be cleverly hidden in the form of refusing “unhealthy” food such as not eating hors d’oeuvre at a party, refusing dessert or swearing off dairy or meat products. The avoidance of a particular food form is not so much the problem. It is the increasing restriction of additional food forms that become an issue and signals a potential problem.

Finally, for families who experience other life challenges such as parents who have little time with their children due to stressful working situations or when the various activities of all the children pull parents in too many directions at once, leaving little time for family meals or gatherings, disordered eating may go unnoticed for quite some time by simple lack of opportunity for observation.

To protect against disordered eating, particularly if eating disorders run in the family, make a point to have frequent meals together so that you have an opportunity to observe the eating behavior of your loved ones and to be aware of their normal eating patterns and preferences so that you would be able to spot significant changes. Be sure to model healthy attitudes toward food, diet, exercise and your physical body both in word and in action. Provide balanced, nutritious meals and insist that they eat properly at school. Do your best to avoid over-reliance on fast food or restaurant meals.

A Brief Theology of Sports

A number of years ago I was a speaker at a camp for young people. When the first group game time came, one of the leaders began by telling a parable based on Genesis 1-3. He described the joys of playing games in the Garden of Eden where the emphasis was simply on the joy of play. But one day the serpent entered the garden and tempted the Eden-dwellers with the idea of points. They gave in to the temptation and began keeping score in their games and this led to all kinds of evils – competition, lust for winning, cheating, anger and fights. They lost the simple joy of play.

The leader told this parable to let the young people know that this week at the camp they would be introduced to non-competitive games. There were no points, no winners or losers, just the joy of play. But there was one serious problem – the games were totally and completely boring. Day after day less and less of the young people showed up for the game time so that at the last one there were only a handful of young people there.

Is this an accurate portrayal of a theology of sports? Obviously, I don’t think so. I’d like to present a brief and broad theology of sports. If you don’t like that title you can think of it as, “Why we should watch the Super Bowl!”

History can be summed up in three words: creation, fall, redemption. So when you are looking at the theology of an issue you need to ask: What is its relation to or reflection of creation, of the fall, of redemption? In considering the issue of sports, I have added two further words to expand our consideration – incarnation and salvation (both which are, of course, tied to creation, fall and redemption).

Creation – God could have created everything to be gray and serviceable. Rather, He created a great diversity of color, size, shape, smell, texture, sounds, and tastes. Why did He do this? He did it so that the creation would be a reflection of His person and, in particular, His beauty. It is a masterpiece of function and form. The creation is a work of art.

Art is sometimes thought of as consisting of two types: visual art – like painting, sculpture, architecture, and, performing art – like drama, music, dancing. The Lord included both visual and performing art in the creation. Visual Art: flowers, mountains, trees; Performing Art: oceans and rivers, planetary orbits, clouds. Some things in creation combine the two.

Sports are a reflection of this creative activity of the Lord. They also combine visual art (painted fields/courts, team colors and logos) and performing arts (the actual play). Sports reflect the function and form of creation. There is beauty in a play that is run to perfection, in a well-thrown ball, in a diving catch, in turning a double play. Those things can bring excitement and happiness because they are a reflection of the way the world was created to be. They are a display of art (or artistry, if you prefer).

The Lord also created things in a specific order, not in a haphazard way, and He placed within the creation laws or rules by which nature operates. Sports also have an order to them and have rules by which they operate. Just as there are consequences for rebelling against the created order (such as disregarding gravity), so there are consequences for not following the rules in sports. Sports reflect the nature and principles of the creation. As in nature, this reflection, when done well, honors the Lord and gives the fan joy.

Fall – In the fall, man rebelled by sin and the curse which resulted from that fall touches every part of every thing – there is nothing that escapes. This means that we would expect to see evidence of the fall in sports and, of course, we do. There are sins of attitude as well as sins of action.
The deadliest of these sins is the idolatry of sports – when it holds the highest place in the affection of the heart and in the thinking of the mind. When life is planned around when games are played or when a person’s entire outlook is impacted by whether his team wins or loses, he has crossed the line into an unhealthy and sinful obsession.

There are also other wrong attitudes – when winning becomes the only thing that matters, when a person will do whatever it takes to be successful, when personal glory becomes the end-all, when people become arrogant or angry. These are all sins of the fall. The fall is reflected in sports by actions such as the use of steroids, of fixing games, of corking bats, of bench-emptying brawls, and a host of other things.

Incarnation – We are embodied beings and the incarnation validates that our bodies are more than merely containers for our souls. Even our eternal state will consist of bodies – glorified bodies but bodies nevertheless. The Christian life is not about condemning 먹튀검증커뮤니티 the body but bringing it into subjection to honor the Lord.

Sports are one of the things that help us to do that. Playing a sport requires discipline and the disciplining of the body for sports can carry over into our spiritual lives. Sports require determination, delayed gratification, a toughening-up of the body. Sports can also teach how to work with a team, how to submit to authority, how to encourage those not as naturally gifted as others, how to hit hard. And they teach patience. Even time on the bench can be sanctifying.

Sports are one way that we honor the truth and reality of the incarnation and glorify God by using our bodies in God-honoring ways.

Salvation – The history of salvation is a drama. A drama, to be effective, depends at the least on knowledge, motion and timing. In the drama of salvation, the Lord had a game-plan, knowledge, before the beginning of time. At the creation this game-plan was put in motion, what we know as the people and events of unfolding history. And it was all done according to God’s timing – Galatians tells us that Christ came in the fullness of time. That drama continues today. It is what C.S. Lewis called the true myth.