The Religion of Thinness


Michelle M. Lelwica is associate professor of religion at Concordia College and author of “The Religion of Thinness: Satisfying the Spiritual Hungers Behind Women’s Obsession with Food and Weight

She’s written a lovely piece in The Washington Post’s On Faith section. Like Lelwica, I too believe that many, many issues and disorders women and girls face have a deep spiritual connection.

Lelwica makes a very sound argument in her piece Thin and Salvation that connects disordered eating and religion.

Oprah, who suffers from her own disordered eating always asks, What are you hungry for? a question that could also be interpreted, What are you starving for?”

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