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Starved -- Mercy for Eating Disorders
by Nancy Alcorn © 2007 (Winepress Publishing: Enumclaw, WA) All rights reserved.
[Answer 7 of 10 questions correctly to receive
3 hours of Continuing Education credit].


Chapter 1: What Are Eating Disorders (p. 17-32)
1. Which is NOT true?
a. A person with an eating disorder will always appear either sickly or underweight.
b. A person should always have a medical exam before concluding she has an eating disorder, in case symptoms are caused by something else.
c. A person with anorexia nervosa has a severely distorted perception of her physical appearance.
d. A person with bulimia nervosa compulsively overeats, then uses vomiting, laxatives, or diuretics to purge her body of food.

2. A person’s eating disorder primarily began with a desire
a. to look like someone else.
b. to lose weight.
c. to escape family pain.
d. to be in control of one’s life.

3. How are eating disorders related to the expression of one’s emotions?
a. A person with anorexia avoids expressing unpleasant emotions by obsessing over food, calories, and exercise.
b. A person with bulimia “purges” out her unwanted emotions. The temporary release of endorphins falsely leads her to believe her attempt was successful.
c. A binge-eater is reflecting emotions that are out of control. She acts out of control on the outside to reflect the chaos she feels on the inside.
d. All of the above.

4. Which Bible verse does the author use to contrast with this pro-ana statement?
Pro-ana: “I will devote myself to ‘Ana’; she will be with me wherever I go.”

a. “I am the Lord your God…You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:2,3)
b. “Do not fear for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.” (Isaiah 41:10)
c. “And be sure of this: I (Christ) am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
d. “He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

Chapter 2: Breaking Free (p. 33-47)
5. How does Jesus Christ help someone with an eating disorder?
a. After the person becomes a Christian, Christ immediately takes the person’s eating disorder away.
b. Christ’s unconditional love helps a person acknowledge that choosing the control of an eating disorder is the sin of not allowing God to control one’s life.
c. The Holy Spirit speaks to the person audibly, reassuring her that her eating disorder is not her fault.
d. Becoming a Christian helps a person to identify who has hurt her the most.

6. Which is NOT true about forgiveness?
a. Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling.
b. If you forgive someone who hurt you, your pain will go away.
c. If you do not forgive others, the Lord cannot extend His forgiveness to you.
d. When you forgive others and receive God’s forgiveness in return, you often feel as if a heavy burden has been lifted off of you.

7. What does the author recommend for renewing a person’s mind?
a. Keeping a balance between work and play.
b. Controlling stress levels through meditation and exercise.
c. Having a mentor who gives encouragement and guidance.
d. Using truths from the Bible to counteract false beliefs.

Chapter 3: Staying Free (p. 49-56)
8. The author recommends that every person who is recovering from an eating disorder maintain a daily focus upon God rather than on food. She also recommends replacing OLD eating disorder patterns with NEW godly routines. Which of these is an OLD eating disorder pattern?
a. Seeing a nutritionist to identify healthy portion sizes.
b. Eating alone.
c. Setting a daily exercise limit.
d. Removing any scales from your home.

Chapter 4: Stories of Mercy (p. 57-63)

Chapter 5: For Parents and Others Who Care (p. 65-74)
9. If your daughter has anorexia, which is the most effective way to communicate with her?
a. Encouraging your daughter to do the right thing.
b. Encouraging her to eat more.
c. Encouraging her to be aware of her feelings and to express them to you openly.
d. Helping her to understand the harmful effects of anorexia.

10. Which advice does the author NOT give to a parent who wants to build a strong relationship with her daughter who has an eating disorder?
a. The parent should take partial blame for the eating disorder.
b. The parent should focus on her daughter’s strengths, not her weaknesses.
c. The parent should be a good listener and not always provide feedback.
d. The parent should emphasize the enjoyment of activities rather than performance.