DEFEATING ANOREXIA ADDICTION, Part 1
Over the past 49 years of leading NBC Basketball Camps, there have been many opportunities to help student-athletes defeat the dreaded disease of anorexia. This is an eating disorder, a psychological condition with an obsessive fear of gaining weight. Often it is self-starvation and can be compulsive exercise.
Based on these years of learning through “basketballology”, psychology, “spiritualityology” and “streetsmartology”, I see the following ideas as a prescription to defeating anorexia, or any other addiction. An addiction is a complex condition, usually a substance use disorder, thereby affecting brain and body function.
THE DIAGNOSIS — Identification
- It is an enemy to real life.
- It is self-hatred, self-contempt, demonstrated in body punishment.
- It is a form of gradual suicide.
THE PROCESS — Change Game
- Name the addiction as an enemy.
- Change your self-talk, your words.
- Choose to be a new ME.
- Love the new ME and become a winner.
- Realize your body is a tent, a temple, a home for God’s Holy Spirit.
- Acknowledge you hurt God and yourself when you hurt your body.
- Thank God aloud for the body He gave you.
- Believe what God says, not what you or any person says to you.
- Read Psalm 8, Psalm 19, Psalm 139:14 daily.
- Focus on gratitude, especially before going to sleep.
Remember you are loved by so many, especially God! You are so blessed!