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Another way that I have been able to endure the pain of change is to know that even Jesus did not escape the suffering, and He was God’s favorite, so to speak. Hebrews 5:7-10 refers to the suffering that Jesus bore. “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest . . ..” So, even Jesus suffered. Isaiah expressed it very well:
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied. (Isaiah 53:10,11a)
The words of Isaiah came true. After the suffering, He saw the light of life and was satisfied. Obviously, acknowledging Jesus’ willingness to suffer helps us swallow this bitter pill.
So, not only do we endure the sufferings sent by God—we offer ourselves to suffering as God calls for it because it says to the world, “I believe and trust that this is a good God with great ability to run the world.” When we endure and allow this outward suffering, others will witness the inside of us being very much alive, beautiful, and valuable. Happiness is something made on the inside of you.
Jesus suffered and voluntarily gave His life because the Father asked this of Him.


These antioxidants—vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and calcium— are locked deep and safe inside certain foods. And when we eat these foods, we release the antioxidants.
Eating Antioxidant-Deprived Foods
So, if you bite into a big juicy hamburger, for example, you are going to do two things. You are going to create a whole bunch of free radicals simply through the process of chewing and digestion. And you are going to create even more free radicals because when the stuff you swallowed turns into molecules, those molecules get attacked by free radicals. Any that lose an electron turn into free radicals themselves. Not so good.
Eating Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Now look what happens when you bite into a big juicy slice of cantaloupe. You are also going to do two things. You are going to create free radicals simply through the process of chewing and digestion. But you are also going to release antioxidants that destroy any free radicals that may have been created as you chewed, and are going to go on and defuse and destroy all kinds of other free radicals already there—even some of the ones from that burger. Yes!


Eaters are sensual people—far more so than noneaters. After all, eating can only be described as a highly sensual experience. While we may not acknowledge this trait of ours, this life energy tends to frighten us. This sensuality is so intense and often so awesome that we often eat not only to satisfy our need but also to mask it, both from ourselves and from others.
Eaters are high-energy people, creative people, striving people. We eat out of frustration, because our power and energy are so scattered and unfocused. If we haven’t found our creative avenue, we turn to food. Or we eat to ease off a high, typically after an achievement—after our creativity is spent—to fill the void that comes with accomplishment, the empty space of “what’s next?”
Eaters are wanters. And we want what we want when we want it, and we want it all right now. “More, more, more. . . . Give me more.” Too much is never enough. If something is good, more is better. The closest star is never good enough. We’ve got to have the star farthest away. We’re never satisfied. For most of us, if we don’t have what we want right now, we think the world will explode. Eaters are not patient people.


Summary of main points.

• Obsession with dieting and weight control can lead to eating disorders.

• There is no evidence that educational efforts to reduce obesity increase eating disorders in a community.

• The main eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia.

• These exist in about 1-10 per cent of the female population. Anorexia and bulimia are currently not common in males though they certainly occur.

• Disordered eating patterns for bulking, as in body building, are more characteristic of males.

• Eating disorders as a side effect must be considered in any fat loss programming.

Any discussion of weight control or fat loss programs would not be complete without a consideration of eating disorders. These may be an inevitable consequence of the idea that we can sculpt our bodies and ‘will’ our minds to accomplish any ideal without any apparent downside. The move towards a ‘perfect’ body is exacerbated by images portrayed in the media and by careers or professions, such as gymnastics and dancing, where an extremely slim or lean physique is required. However, whilst an unrealistic body ideal is a trigger for eating disorders, there is no evidence that initiatives to reduce obesity in the community per se, have this effect. Eating disorders have been reported in the literature for hundreds of years, well before the time of the modern obsession with weight.

The two main disorders to be considered here are anorexia nervosa, and bulimia. Because these are specialty areas of study, the discussion here is necessarily brief and directed towards the practical implications for fat loss leaders working with clients who may manifest these problems.