by Pamela Orgeron
Eating published in 2017 offers hope and practical methods to overcoming and preventing disordered eating. This book is an adapted version of that book intended to reach a broader audience, especially classroom educators. The first book entitled Food as an Idol was born out of the author’s own struggle with food and body image issues throughout her childhood and young adult years. Like the first book entitled Food as an Idol, this book also includes sections on the types, causes, consequences, and conquering of disordered eating. To give book purchasers a better understanding of the contents of the book, the subtitle has been changed to The Types, Causes, Consequences, Conquering, and Prevention of Disordered Eating.
According to the author, the key points in overcoming and finding freedom from disordered eating that is stressed within Food as an Idol is to recognize both over and under eating as a symptom of something missing deeper within the heart of an individual and that disordered eating is a barrier between his or her relationship with God. Not until one discovers the roots of disordered eating and surrenders his or her appetites to God can one find true freedom and deliverance from disordered eating.
The section in both books of most importance to the author is information concerning the prevention
of disordered eating. For example, often parents unintentionally set children up for eating disorders by using food as rewards and punishment. Such unhealthy practices of parents are covered within both editions of the book, as well as ways that schools and churches can help fight the obesity and disordered eating epidemic in America and around the world.
How is Food as an Idol: The Types, Causes Consequences, Conquering, and Prevention of Disordered Eating different from the first book? Intending this edition to be suitable as a textbook, the author has added an index and, at the end of each chapter a list of Key Terms and Questions for Reflection. Additionally, with the increasing number of sexual abuse scandals being reported in the news, the author thinks she would be remiss to not include more information linking sexual abuse and disordered eating. Thus, a revised edition of an article entitled “Linking Disordered Eating with Sexual Abuse” published by the author on her blog has been added to the Special Topics section.
Pamela K. Owens (1960-) was born in Ashland, KY and first moved to Nashville, TN in 1986 after receiving her undergraduate degree in Journalism-Public Relations from Marshall University, Huntington, WV. She moved back to Kentucky in 2000 and received both an MA (2003) and an EdS (2009) degree in Adult & Higher Education, Counseling Specialization from Morehead State University, Morehead, KY. After moving back to Nashville in 2009, she received an Advanced Diploma in Biblical Counseling from Light University and became a Board Certified Christian Counselor and an Advanced Christian Life Coach. Married to Milton J. Orgeron in 2010, she now goes by the name of Pamela K. Orgeron. For more about Pam's and her husband's ministry, please visit https://abcsministries.wordpress.com/