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A Reflection on the Craze of Losing Weight
Because people are influenced by the idea that “A slim figure is beautiful,” at some point, losing weight has quietly been known by millions of households and become a new fashion trend. Originally, overweight harms people’s health and it is understandable to lose weight in moderation. However, the facts make us speechless. In order to become more beautiful and make more people turn heads while walking on the road, some people are exceedingly preoccupied with the pursuit of a perfect figure. Does pursuing that cause them to be beautiful or harm them? Some say excessive losing weight is the same as drinking poison to quench thirst. That’s so true. I saw online many cases and chose two of them as follows:
A 15-year-old Chinese girl who stood 1.65 meters and weighed 54 kilos was not satisfied with her figure and so began to lose weight. As a result, she suffered from anorexia and had trouble eating, causing many organs failure. In the end, her beautiful life came to an end.
A girl from Russia suffered from anorexia because of excessive losing weight and did not want to eat all day long, with the result that she only weighed 25 kilos and was scrawny. And so she was called “stick man.”
Aside from going on a diet, people also often take diet pills to lose weight. Actually, doing this does so much more harm than good to their health. After taking diet pills, many people began to have a dry mouth, lose appetite, suffer from insomnia, be constipated, have a fever, develop bronchitis, and have diarrhea, and their hearts rates elevated and blood pressure rose. And so on. Doing this brought their bodies great damages. Just like a classmate of mine. Her boyfriend was the president of the Student Council, who was tall and handsome, and in order to keep a perfect figure before him, she started to proactively lose weight. She took an overdose of diet pills, primarily ate apples for her three meals, and seldom ate the foods which had calories. After half a year her weight was reduced from 60 to 50 kilos. But her goal was 45 kilos, so in order to attain it as soon as possible, she fasted for three days. Afterward, because she took an overdose of diet pills and had been going on a diet for a long time, her immunity sharply decreased and so she often had a cold. Besides, her body became weak, she became completely lethargic and felt heart palpitations, and her stomach frequently hurt. Even more serious was that her menstrual cycle ended although she had just turned twenty, and thus she lacked previous energy and spirit, like a dead flower. Every day she lived with the torment of the pain.
In fact, there are more examples of that than anyone can count. When I saw and heard that losing weight brought so many people such serious consequences, I could not help but feel fear and tremble. Whether being on a weight loss diet or taking diet pills, both have an extremely deleterious effect on people. This couldn’t help but make me think: It’s clear that losing weight will bring so much harm to man and even lead them to death, but why are so many people, disregarding their health, still engaged in the ranks of those who lose weight? What exactly is the root of this?
One day, I saw God’s words saying, “When the wind of a trend blows through, perhaps only a small number of people will become the trendsetters. They start off doing this kind of thing, accepting this kind of idea or this kind of perspective. The majority of people, however, in the midst of their unawareness, will still be continually infected, assimilated and attracted by this kind of trend, until they all unknowingly and involuntarily accept it, and are all submerged in and controlled by it. For man who is not of sound body and mind, who never knows what is truth, who cannot tell the difference between positive and negative things, these kinds of trends one after another make them all willingly accept these trends, the life view and values that come from Satan. They accept what Satan tells them on how to approach life and the way to live that Satan ‘bestows’ on them. They have not the strength, neither do they have the ability, much less the awareness to resist.”
God’s words made me understand the reason that now people are all obsessed with losing weight and pursue a perfect and slim figure is rooted in the evil trends that Satan gives rise to. Take the popular sayings such as “ A slim figure is beautiful,” “You’ll have everything if you are slim, but your everything will be in vain if you are fat,” “Beauty is woman’s capital,” and “A good-looking face is a woman’s capital for existence.” These mistaken viewpoints are used as people’s new aesthetic standards, causing many people to pursue a perfect figure at any cost, so much so that they even risk their lives to lose weight while disregarding their health. Some become anorexic due to their excessive going on a diet, resulting in malnutrition and various diseases, and so they live in pain every day. Some take various diet pills, which seriously harms their health and even causes death. It is just like the 15-year-old Chinese girl mentioned above who, owing to losing weight, fell to many organs failure and died, the Russian girl who became a stick man due to excessive losing weight, and my classmate whose immunity sharply decreased and menstrual cycle ended thanks to losing weight and lived a miserable life. Such tragedies and suffering all resulted from mistaken perspectives that Satan had instilled in people. We do not have truth and so cannot discern what is positive and what is negative, so that we regard Satan’s heresies and fallacies as positive things to pursue and think of them as a form of enjoyment, unaware that we have already fallen into Satan’s trap and been harmed and fooled by Satan.
Then how exactly can we turn away from these mistaken viewpoints and not be toyed by Satan anymore? I saw God’s words, “Your temperament, caliber, appearance, stature, family in which you were born, your job and your marriage, the entirety of you, even the color of your hair and your skin, and the time of your birth were all arranged by My hands. Even the things you do and the people you meet every single day are arranged by My hands, not to mention the fact that bringing you into My presence today is actually My arrangement. Do not throw yourself into disorder; you should proceed calmly.”
“When you repeatedly investigate and carefully dissect the various goals of life that people pursue and their various different ways of living, you will find that not one of them fits the Creator’s original intention when He created humanity. All of them draw people away from the Creator’s sovereignty and care; they are all pits into which humanity falls, and which lead them to hell. After you recognize this, your task is to lay aside your old view of life, stay far from various traps, let God take charge of your life and make arrangements for you, try only to submit to God’s orchestrations and guidance, to have no choice, and to become a person who worships God.” God’s words have shown us a clear path. The truth is that everyone’s appearance and figure had been predestined by God before we were born. No matter whether we have a nice figure or whether we are beautiful or ugly, we should calmly accept them and obey God’s sovereignty and arrangements. On the other hand, when we clearly see the consequences caused by relying on such satanic idea and view as “Seeing a slim figure as beautiful” to live, we should give it up and no longer live according to it. Only this way can we gain true release.
I knew a sister who had been going on a diet for a long time, did a great deal of exercise, and took diet pills in order to have a slim figure, with the result that her extremely weak body completely failed her, the toxicity of the diet pills made her internal organs suffer serious harm, and she ended up with severe anorexia. She was originally in the first flush of youth yet lay helpless in bed every day and even had a feeling of foreboding as if she was close to death. After that, she came before God. From God’s words she realized that it was the harm done by evil satanic trends that caused her suffering and she also understood that people’s appearances and figures were all ruled and preordained by God. Consequently, she was determined to obey God’s ordination and arrangements, to stop living by satanic thoughts and notions, and no longer lose weight to pursue a slim figure. Afterward, she began to go for treatment and ate normally and gradually her body recovered. She no longer complained about her figure and did not deliberately lose weight to pursue beauty in the eyes of most people. When she calmly faced her figure and appearance, gathered together with brothers and sisters, read God’s words, and performed duties, she became full of life and radiant and felt the release she had never felt before. This was different from superficial appearance and was the beauty came from deep within her heart.
As the years pass in an eyeblink, there will be a day where people will certainly grow old even if they have beautiful appearances. Outward beauty does not last long. So, it is really not worth it to take health risks to lose weight for the sake of temporary vanity. On the contrary, we should keep away from the evil trends, come before God, pursue the truth, fulfill the duty of a creature, and so receive the Creator’s approval and live amidst God’s blessings, for only a pursuit like that is the most valuable and is the most beautiful life.
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