While more than a quarter of the world's population does not have access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food, we encounter people who have problems with food.
The opposite of undernutrition is the tragedy of impulsive, excessive or restrictive eating. There is a strong emotional connotation in food. Some people think about their next meal as soon as they leave the table, others experience eating as a chore.
Gluttony or asceticism, these ways of eating can become destructive addictions. Eating behavior can become a form of expression of suffering, with disorders becoming full-fledged illnesses that can be life-threatening.
Eating disorders can be classified into two main categories: bulimic disorders (with excessive food intake) and anorexic disorders (with more or less strict food restriction).
These two forms of disorders can, however, coexist; we then speak of anorexia-bulimia.
I have seen so much suffering in these people affected by this disorder, that we will pray with affection for them. Jesus taught us to pray this prayer:
“Our Father…Give us this day our daily bread.”
There is a notion of balance in this request. Give us what we need, no more, no less.
"Lord, without forgetting those who live in countries where famine is rampant, we want to pray today for people with serious problems with bulimia and anorexia. You know the underlying problems they face: bad self-esteem, depression, anxiety, devaluation, guilt; may you help them, on this day, so that they can find a balanced diet! May all obsession be replaced by peace, inner harmony! In the name of Jesus, amen!”