Ramadan: The Battle of Fasting for God or Eating Disorders?

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﴿يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلاَ يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ﴾

Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.

“You don’t have to be ready to recover you need only to be willing.”

Dear Readers,

The month of Ramadan is here again. We wish everyone a blessed Ramadan. Please find below another article on Ramadan and Eating Disorders. I was sent this article by Michael Cortese from ED Catalogue. I found the article very informative. It’s written by Malak Saddy, a registered and renowned dietitian.  Malak Saddy gives us hope, she understands the challenges facing Muslims during the Holy month of Fasting and has offered her services to anyone who needs help.

 

 

Ramadan: The Battle of Fasting for God or Eating Disorders?

By Malak Saddy, RDN, LD

 

 

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Malak Saddy RDN, LD is a Registered Dietitian at Center for Discovery in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI with her Bachelor of Science degree and has over six years’ experience in adolescent nutrition counseling, food cultures, and integrative nutrition education. Malak has lectured at multiple national eating disorder conferences, at universities to dietetic students, as well as at local middle and high schools on the effects of eating disorders. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with those around her and challenging individuals in incorporating the All Foods Fit Philosophy in their own lives. She is passionate about providing individualized nutritional care and counseling support to clients and their families while being compassionate and empathetic to their needs.

 

Ramadan: The Battle of Fasting for God or Eating Disorders?

As an apprehensive and self-conscious youth, Ramadan posed a bit of an inconvenience for me as I tried to manage my daily life, as well as a platform to advertise my variance to the community in which I lived. I knew I was different and unique, my name, Malak, stuck out like a wrong note in a serenade of Lisas and Megans. My frizzy, curly, unruly, brown hair and garlicky packed lunch of hummus and pita all screamed I was different.  Add to that, once a year for a month, I would go sit and hide myself in the school library during lunch, patiently waiting for the bell to ring to join my friends again. I would sit quietly away from the cafeteria aromas and constant questions of why I wasn’t eating. It was a part of my life that I practiced and celebrated with all my being. As I grew older and continued practicing Ramadan I became more confident and vulnerable. I didn’t shield myself in the school library. I began to embrace the holy month and with that I was bombarded with questions and statements of, “How much weight do you lose?” “You can’t have water?!” “That’s a great diet, I bet you get so skinny at the end of the month.” I would cringe at these comments and respond that Ramadan wasn’t about weight loss or dieting, it was about being grateful for all the blessings that one has in life like health, food, water, and shelter, as well as friends and family that cared for you.

 

“This article was originally published on www.edcatalogue.com, and can be found in its entirety at https://www.edcatalogue.com/ramadan-battle-fasting-god-eating-disorders/

 

 

 

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Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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