General Medical Considerations

You may have joined this program because the stronghold of food (or other addictions) is having a physical impact on your body, as well as your spirit.  If this is the case, we recommend that you consult your physician for a medical examination before you begin.  Also, if you have any preexisting health conditions such as: food allergies, diverticulitis, cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, bowel resections, chronic ulcers, kidney disease, chronic constipation, etc., please continue to be under your physician’s care and guidelines for food and medication. For example, if you have chronic constipation, you must keep eating fiber.  If you have ulcers, take your medication and do not eat the foods that upset your stomach.  Reducing your intake of excessive amounts of food will be a positive change, but the body that has become accustomed to excess food may experience some unfamiliar feelings during this transition.  God has made our bodies to be sensitive to what and how much of anything we need, but this internal system must be resurrected!  Be patient and trust God ultimately to satisfy you far better than anything the world can offer.
Some physical conditions may be alleviated when you lose weight and start eating regular foods in smaller amounts.  For example, if you have high cholesterol or triglyceride levels, losing weight permanently could possibly alleviate the problem.  Spastic colon and ulcers may improve as you eat the volume of food that your body calls for.  Joint and muscle problems are improved in some cases.  People on cortisone and/or those who have lupus will still lose weight, but the weight loss may be slower.  Diabetics going through this program will reduce their food intake, bringing the insulin/food ration closer.  As a result, many have been able to reduce or even eliminate their medications.  It is very important to understand, however, that the process of regulating insulin must be done under a physician’s supervision.  Also, medications that should be taken with food usually require only small amounts—e.g., one to three crackers. Please consult your physician in regard to any of these conditions.
Weigh Down Ministries has helped many anorexics and many more bulimics to let go of control, and they have watched themselves become at peace with their bodies.  They’ve lost their focus on food and their obsession for thinness, trading this in for a focus on and devotion to God. While individuals with anorexia or bulimia can certainly benefit from this program, they should remain under the care of their physician.
If God causes your heart to question, we suggest that you take your concerns to your physicians and counselors to prayerfully determine how to best treat your personal situation.  

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