How God Brought Me Out of Years of Binge Eating and Obsessive Exercising

By Rachel Tiemeyer

I struggled for most of my 20s decade with disordered eating and a wrong perception of body image. In this interview, I candidly share my whole story and how God helped me out of the dark cycle of binge eating and purging through exercise.

Did you know I (Rachel) spent almost 8 years of my life as a chronic binge eater and exerciser?

It’s one of those embarrassing, dark times in my life that I don’t think about much anymore. But, I recently had a chance to open up and share that whole story and what God did in my life through it with Donna Harris from Constantly Under Construction.

My hope is that this interview can encourage anyone who is battling a recurring sin and/or addiction or who views food wrongly. Please share this with friends who need it, and/or leave a comment and let me know what you think about this issue or my interview. I’d love to hear from you.


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  1. Jill says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. We are very much alike in so many ways. Grateful to be free from the pull of binge eating but still very much battling the desire to “perfect” my body through eating and exercise. Even though I know being healthy is what is important in God’s eyes I struggle with pride in this area and finding some of my identity and self worth in doing a good job taking care of myself/looking nice. I feel like in some ways it’s a thorn I have to continually battle and if i’m honest I’m not always the best at it. I guess it keeps me running back to Jesus though. I pray that some day I will have full freedom from it, but until then i pray for the strength to keep waging war on my sinful thought patterns. Thank you again for stepping out and telling your story, i know many women and young girls struggle in this area and need the hope that Jesus gives!

    • Rachel says:

      I really appreciate your encouragement, Jill, and your own honesty. I agree with you that these struggles keep up in need before God, and that so many people–men and women–struggle with this. The more we can bring it into the light, the better for all of us, I think. Thanks so much for sharing on here!