Please take a look at this article from the Guardian (U.K.)
Evidently, there's a movement to classify those who are "obsessed with healthy eating" under the rubric of Orthorexia Nervosa. (You know, like people who want to eat organic food and avoid the other stuff.)
Here's the link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/aug/16/orthorexia-mental-health-eating-disorder
Now, I've been a psychologist for over 30 years and have seen my fair share of eating disorders, and I don't think that eating right is a psychological disorder. The thing that's really upsetting is that the Blood Type diet and Naturopathic interventions are specifically mentioned at the end of the article as evidence of this disorder.
I guess the GMO, food additive, over-processed eating industry is feeling a little heat; so they needed to plaster their own brand of craziness into the media.
Give the article a read and see what you think. It's getting ever weirder out there.
Quoted TextOrthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out.
The obsession about which foods are "good" and which are "bad" means orthorexics can end up malnourished. Their dietary restrictions commonly cause sufferers to feel proud of their "virtuous" behaviour even if it means that eating becomes so stressful their personal relationships can come under pressure and they become socially isolated.
Quoted from Dr. DI'm sure that upon reading the article, many more people will discover the benefits of orthorexia and the BTD.
Quoted Textmany more people will discover the benefits of orthorexia and the BTD.
Good comments, everyone. I believe that those who could be diagnosed with orthorexia actually have an underlying condition such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, or a compulsive personality disorder. There is no need to clutter up the diagnostic nomenclature with this condition...
...especially if it is an attempt to marginalize those of us who eat sensibly, but choose to eschew (ha, ha!) certain foods.
Quoted from JumariI think they or shall I say we are also referred to as Health food junkies.
Clever! I'd rather have the insurance company recognize the health benefits of the BTD and pay me a stipend for the extra expense of buying quality food.Quoted from ChloeI actually love it!
Look at it this way, you can tell your therapist that you're following the BTD and if you talk about it enough, you can have a clearly defined disease and suddenly there is a PDR "code" for your condition...Your insurance will be able to cover you to talk about the BTD or the GTD in therapy.
It's a really good deal if you ask me LOL!
Quoted TextThe obsession about which foods are "good" and which are "bad" means orthorexics can end up malnourished. Their dietary restrictions commonly cause sufferers to feel proud of their "virtuous" behaviour even if it means that eating becomes so stressful their personal relationships can come under pressure and they become socially isolated.
Quoted TextAren't Genetics and Epigentics considered to be matter of fact, accredited sciences by the medical profession?
Quoted from LauraTWow, interesting thread.
People are threatened by anything that they are afraid to do themselves. As far as I'm concerned, the only problem with rigid eating is social ostracism... which is what articles like this perpetuate.
People are too readily diagnosed with OCD. As a teenager, I was. But as I got older, my concerns with time, money, and health looked like normal, responsible, adult behavior, so it was no longer considered pathological. All of this is about how to define and draw boundaries around "normal" behavior. I often tell people that in pre-civilized societies, people like me were the ones who made sure the food was carefully inspected, preserved, and stored, and thus protected the entire village from starvation or food poisoning. At least a few "OCD" individuals are needed in any group to keep everything functioning properly.
Quoted from newtypeAOh goody, another psychological disorder. Wonder if they'll start making pills for this "condition".
Quoted from Peppermint Twist
Ask your doctor about "Orthmellow". The tiny green pill that will calm your irrational and obsessive desire to eat healthy, whole foods. With Orthmellow, you'll soon be downing Twinkies and Ho Ho's with the rest of America. You'll fit right in. No more round peg in a square hole for you! With Orthmellow, you'll be the life of the corn-syrup-downing party!
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following rare side effects of Orthmellow. These are rare but in studies have happened in upwards of 95% of people who take Orthmellow: your head turns purple, you swell to twice your normal size, you develop a strange desire to put chipmunks in the wood chipper, you lose the ability to speak in your native language, you grow an extra limb, your hair falls out, and/or you die a slow, agonizing death. If you notice any of these symptoms, alert your doctor at once, as your dosage may need to be slightly adjusted.
Quoted from newtypeA(clap)(tongue) Good one.
Quoted from JumariHere is another crazy thing going on in my part of the world.
It was my spiritual meditation teacher that recommended the BTD to me.
When I finally decided to buy the GT diet book. I went to our Australian Borders and they didn't have it. I had to go to the local Spiritual shop to buy it. There I found it next to books on Epigenetics, like the Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton and Alternative medicine.
Aren't Genetics and Epigentics considered to be matter of fact, accredited sciences by the medical profession?