Orthorexia nervosa

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Eating Healthy Can Make You Sick

This excellent article discusses the newly-coined eating disorder of “orthorexia nervosa,” an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. This is one of those traps that I hope never to fall into. In my own opinion, if you go beyond veganism (into raw foodism, fruitarianism, etc.) then you’re a likely candidate for orthoexia nervosa. To me, a complex, varied diet that I enjoy is the most important. As a vegetarian I don’t feel like I’m limiting myself or becoming obsessive about the “little things” (like cooking out small bits of nutrients from veggies by stir-frying them for a few minutes). My goal is to always enjoy what I’m eating while remaining aware (but not obsessing over) the positive or negative health ramifications of the food.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to eat a bag of Double Stuf Oreos and a block of organic tofu.

6 Responses to “Orthorexia nervosa”

  1. baby_n

    Very interesting. I always thought people who were obsessed with healthy eating to the extreme were kind of…wacko. So I read an article about obsessive healthy eating in a magazine at the hairdressers and I have become really interested in it. Very good article, I must say. Lots of information.

  2. holly

    well i must say yes healthing eating can get obsessive but on the other hand if it does work then why not i’m trying to get skinny in anyway posible and if just eating a whole bunch of healthy foods work then hey!! i’ll try anything!!!

  3. morgan haudenschild

    supp…healthy eating is good but dont eat too much or eat to little (dont go on a outrageosly long diet!!).so take care of yourself by eating healthy (not to much) and you should exersize every day(if possible).:)

  4. Steven Bratman

    Hi folks … I’m the inventor of the term “orthorexia.” If anyone who wants more information about it, please visit my website at http://www.orthorexia.com

  5. jess

    well..
    last year eye suffered from orthorexia!
    so bad that this year eye have desided too do my speech on orthorexia .
    thankfully eye dont have it anymore becasue now
    eye hate vegies and luff junk food hehe :D
    luff lil jess_xx

  6. Diana

    You are absolutely right! The goal should be finding the right balance between healthy eating and addictive obsession. As they say, too much of any one thing, after a certain point, can actually be bad for you, regardless of the food item being referred to.

    I’ve been researching orhorexia all morning, and I actually just found an article that deals with finding the equilibrium you’re talking about by a woman name Dina Zeckhausen. Here’s an excerpt of one of her personal experiences:

    “The other evening an acquaintance’s rail-thin 11-year-old daughter proudly showed her mother her washboard abs after running on their treadmill for two hours. “Good for you!” her mother beamed proudly. (Why wasn’t this girl playing in the backyard?) This same mom berated a mutual friend who took her two daughters for ice cream after they’d eaten Chinese food.
    “Why would you do something like that?” she asked incredulously.
    “Um, to enjoy life?” my friend responded.

    If you want to read the rest, here’s the link: http://www.sharewik.com/blogs/86995

    Again, great article and what a refreshing outlook on such a debilitating disorder. By the way, I love Double Stuf Oreos :P

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