When I meet with weight loss clients, I usually ask them what kinds of foods they usually go for when stressed, angry, sad or lonely. This seems pretty obvious and simple. However, it is actually just scraping the surface of deeper underlying issues in a client's life. People seek certain types of foods for comfort, to feel loved, get out anger or relieve stress. This form of addictive behavior has a boomerang effect. When people gain a bunch of weight, then they feel shame about themselves. The baggy "fat" clothes come out so they can hide. People make comments that hurt or they are looked over because they are overweight. Then the cycle repeats. By the time I see them in the gym, they have decided that something has to change. Although I do not have the spiritual gift of miracles, I find myself ministering to the whole person by helping them understand whose they are.
Addictions- whether food, exercise, status, relationships, drugs or alcohol- they are an attempt to fill a void that only God can fill. There was a woman who went to draw water at a well who was trying to fill that empty gap with relationships with men. In John 4, we read that was there around noon when no one else would be there. Wells then were quite a gathering place, but she was there alone. She had been living with different men who weren't married to her. Jesus, a Jew, asked her for a drink. This was odd to her since Jews hated the Samaritans. But that day, she met her Savior. He offered her living water so she would never thirst spiritually. In John 6, Jesus fed a large crowd miraculously. However, He knew most of the people were there for "dinner and a show". After the event, Jesus talked with His disciples about the motives of people being focused on the food not on the one whom God had sent to save them. He described himself as the bread of life and said that who ever comes to Him will never hunger or thirst. He offers a relationship with God for all eternity!
There was a song that came out a few years ago by Plumb called God Shaped Hole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHlkRcZqz7A. One line says, "There's a God-shaped hole in all of us, and it's a void, only He can fill." What about you? What are you seeking in pain, anger, frustration, loneliness? Food and exercise can't fill that spot. Come to the Living Water and Bread of Life, Jesus. He wants nothing more than for you to trust Him to meet what you long for. He will carry you through anything you are going through.
May God bless you!