This article examines the roles of religion and spirituality in the etiology and treatment of eating disorders. After briefly reviewing the relevant research, we discuss the most common and significant religious and spiritual issues wer have observed with LDS eating disorder patients including negative images or perceptions of God, feelings of spiritual unworthiness and shame, and fear of abandonment by God. We briefly describe process considerations for using spiritual interventions and concluded by describing seven spiritual interventions we have found especially useful in treating LDS eating disorder patients, including spiritual teachings, spiritual bibliotherapy, and prayer.
Richards, P. Scott; Hardman, Randy K.; Frost, Harold A.; and Berrett, Michael E.
"Spiritual Issues and Interventions in the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders,"
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy: Vol. 23
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/irp/vol23/iss1/10