76: How Your Church Can Support Those With Eating Disorders.

Eating disorders can have serious and long-lasting effects on a person's physical and mental health, as well as their social and emotional well-being. 

Individuals with eating disorders may experience feelings of shame, guilt, and low self-esteem, which can further worsen the eating disorder and make it harder to recover.

It's important for the church to draw into the issues surrounding eating disorders and offer support and resources to individuals who are struggling.

Christie Dondero Bettwy is a strong advocate for this and through her work as the Executive Director for Rock Recovery, a nonprofit that helps clients and communities overcome disordered eating by combining clinical, community, and spiritual care. 

Having experienced full recovery herself, she is passionate about spreading the message that complete freedom from disordered eating is possible and helping remove barriers that keep people from experiencing it.

In this episode we highlight: 

  • What the Bible says about body image and eating disorders
  • How diet culture has affected a lot of people
  • The task Christians have to steward the body gave them
  • How individuals struggling with eating disorders can get the help they need



  • Restriction actually causes binging 
  • Not all therapists are trained to help people with eating disorders so it is important to work with the right person. 
  • Any amount of disordered behavior is something we can seek greater freedom from
  • If we really know how we are loved, we operate differently 


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