I’m extremely ashamed and embarrassed, but I think I have a serious problem with overeating. In the past year, I’ve gained more than 15 pounds, and I can’t seem to get control. Even worse, I’ve been stashing everything from potato chips to sweets and soft drinks in my secret little hiding places so I can binge on the things I love and crave. Sadly, it seems to make me “feel better” at that moment. Every time I eat something I shouldn’t, I promise myself that I won’t do it again. I get so angry with myself, but apparently not enough to do something about it. Could this be an addiction?
Really Want to Change
Dear Really Want to Change,
According to WebMD.com, “Anything that alters your mood can become addictive.” It is also important to note that other factors could block change and transformation. Some include insufficient sleep, nutritional/vitamin deficiencies, limited exercise, lack of fresh air, inadequate water intake, and more.
For this reason it would be wise to get a checkup by a medical doctor. It would also help to schedule a session with a qualified Christian counselor so you don’t have to struggle by yourself. Accountability groups and lifestyle programs in your church or community can also help you make lasting changes.
Another factor preventing change can be that nasty word—fear. This can be a huge obstacle in our endeavor to make good choices and do the seemingly impossible in our lives. But when you think you can’t, claim out loud that God can! “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. . . . In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3, 4).
You certainly are not alone in this journey. Millions of people make resolutions each new year to implement life changes. These might include starting lifestyle changes, making financial alterations, overcoming addictions, and escaping toxic relationships.
Rest assured, help is available! God’s Word provides many encouraging scriptures, but Isaiah 40:29 comes to mind and offers great hope to all: “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.” God will help clear the way to a new you. Trust Him for total victory!