Too many of us have mistaken thinness with the “power of God,” believing that weight control is the answer to all of life’s fears and discontents.
While it’s true that for the price of thinness—whatever that may cost us,
our culture sells us status (masquerading as love),
and social power (masquerading as acceptance),
these privileges are not enough to fill what some might call the “hole in my heart.”
Of course, when we treat our weight “like God,”
when we turn our weight into the thing that makes us “okay” or “not okay,” “complete” or “incomplete,”
our weight (and food) quite literally rule us—we become a slave to whatever we need to feel safe and whole.
If we need weight control or thinness to feel safe, we will be ruled by, and obsessed with our food and the scale.
If we need money or “success” to feel safe, we will be ruled by, and obsessed with our work.
If we need a human relationship to feel safe, we will be ruled by, and obsessed with our human relationships.
The only way out of the chains of food and weight obsession…or any other material obsession for that matter (work, relationships, etc.),
is to start seeking safety and wholeness in something we cannot lose—something immaterial—something less vulnerable than physical form.