less than "model material?"
I'd have to say I am looking forward to
heaven, because the first thing I'm going
to do is collect on God's promise about
giving me a new body. My new body is going
to be athletic; it's going to be able
to play a game of volleyball without embarrassment,
to open ten jars of jelly without a single
jar opener. My new body will be able to
climb a flight of stairs without using
a handrail, and I'm planning on doing
it all wearing high heels (without orthodics!).
does a chronic illness affect a person's
self esteem? As an illness begins to enter
into your life, it enters into your psychological
being, as well as your physical being.
Even when others may not be able to see
the physical changes taking place, you
know that they are there. Being in pain
makes us more aware of our body in a way
that an average person doesn't understand.
You may find yourself asking, "What
is what is weight loss in a illness? Will
i lose the weight i gain on prednisone?"
to the Mayo Clinic, a negative body image can be related to low
self-esteem, depression, sexual dysfunction,
poor health habits, and in certain cases,
psychiatric disorders. It can negatively
affect feelings, behaviors, interpersonal
relationships, decision-making ability,
and day-to-day living. Learning to accept
your body takes practice and the understanding
that there are some things about your
looks you can't control. For example,
prednisone weight gain prevention is a
major concern to many people. For others,
weight loss due to illness is their biggest
issue. When we have an illness, we are
faced with having to continually accept
the changes; oftentimes, changes that
we didn't think we would face until we
were older (whatever age older is!)
most of my life I have been overweight,"
shares Miriam Roush. "Then 14 years
ago I made a whole-hearted effort and
lost 25 pounds to reach my goal weight.
Then, seven years ago I was diagnosed
with fibromyalgia. I began taking an antidepressant
to help with my sleep difficulties. The
drug, the fact that I can't always exercise,
and that I sometimes eat for comfort from
my pain, has caused me to gain over twenty-five
pounds. I don't feel very good about my
body anymore. I am beginning to lose the
confidence in myself that losing weight
had given me. I haven't given away all
my "skinny" clothes because
I tell myself that someday I will get
back in them but in my heart I know it
would be such a big battle and I just
don't have the energy for it!"
you are unhappy with your body, you aren't
alone. Psychology Today magazine
recently polled 4,000 readers in a body-image
survey. As reported in the magazine's
January-February 1997 issue, 56 percent
of women and 43 percent of men surveyed
were dissatisfied with their overall appearance,
and two-thirds of the women and over half
of the men were dissatisfied with their
weight. Many want to lose weight because
of their illness and its effect on their
we too concerned with how we look?
The apostle Paul warns us not to put
too much focus on it. "Their
destiny is destruction, their god
is their stomach...Their mind is on
earthly things" (Philippians
he also tells us to look forward to receiving
our new body. "We eagerly await a
Savoir from heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ,
who by the power that enables him to bring
everything under his control, will transform
our lowly bodies so that they will be
like his glorious body" (v. 21).
are days I look in the mirror and think,
"Honorthis body? Does God
really expect that?" I am at home
with my body, and yet also at war with
it. How can I be expected to honor it
when it has turned against me so aggressively?
The point is this: I Corinthians 6: 19-20
says "Do you know that your body
is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is
in you, whom you have received from God?
You are not your own. You were bought
at a price. Therefore, honor God with
your body." The body is not really
mine. Yet I am still responsible for how
I treat it until I get to turn it in.
It's sort of like leasing a car, only
God's already paid the sticker price.
Krueger shares her experience. "I
think my body image has become better
in that I've been forced to become acutely
aware of it. On the other hand, wearing
high heels would be nice but the last
time I did my feet were in pain afterward
for days! It's hard sometimes to find
clothes that don't cause more pain but
still look attractive. But I think I've
reached a point where I really don't care
if I'm wearing the latest fashions, as
long as I'm comfy!"
easy to get caught up in the world's standards,
especially when it comes to our appearance.
Psalm 139: 14-16: "I praise you because
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your
works are wonderful, I know that full
well. My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place. When
I was woven together in the depths of
the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written
in your book before one of them came to
be." Our body was fearfully and wonderfully
made, woven together by God himself. That
should be enough for us to know that we
are perfect. We all need that