Orthorexia

I’m off to give a talk at the Women’s Outdoor Weekend in Montgomery County. Ironically, my talk is one of the few indoor offerings which is probably why it’s still on considering the weather from Hannah headed our way. Until I blog again, I wanted to leave you with this article from ABCnews regarding orthorexia.  Orthorexia is an eating disorder in which the person is obsessed with healthy eating.  It’s not about being thin as much as it’s about being pure.  Since the person is so focused on organic, non-toxic, healthy, whole foods living – at first it comes off as a rather noble pursuit.  However, as the condition worsens, the person’s food intake decreases because their meals must meet such high standards.  Eventually these folks can’t eat out. Can’t sit at a dinner party with friends. Can’t invite folks over because their foods are foreign to many people.   

It’s an interesting look at what happens when something  healthy for you like healthy eating becomes deadly to you.  Being healthy is super.  Being obsessed with being healthy is a bad idea.  If you’re unsure if you know the difference, check out this article and see if any of it resonates with you.  If it does, go to Steven Bratman’s website.  Bratman, a physician who coined the term Orthorexia after diagnosing himself with the disorder, broke free from his obsession, and wrote a book about it as well.

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One response to “Orthorexia

  1. Wow, new word for me. Know maybe I won’t feel so guilty when I come across one doing the “noble” thing and eating “right.” As my dad once said, “We all have something in our purse.” A secret that we don’t know about.

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