Latest food disorder 'experts' warn of: too much healthy food

It was inevitable. Now that salt has ben shown to be healthy, and too little salt more dangerous than too much salt, the class of people who enjoy bullying others about what they should eat have gone full circle. The UK Daily Mail:

Orthorexia nervosa, the 'health food eating disorder', gets its name from the Greek word ortho, meaning straight, proper or correct. 

This exaggerated focus on food can be seen today in some people who follow lifestyle movements such as 'raw', 'clean' and 'paleo'.

American doctor Steven Bratman coined the term 'orthorexia nervosa' in 1997 some time after his experience in a commune in upstate New York. 

It was there he developed an unhealthy obsession with eating 'proper' food. (snip)

There is a blurry line separating 'normal' healthy eating and orthorexia nervosa, but one way to define the condition is when eating 'healthily' causes significant distress or negative consequences in a person's life.

This exaggerated focus on food can be seen today in some people who follow lifestyle movements such as 'raw', 'clean' and 'paleo'

They may be 'plunged into gloom' by eating a piece of bread, become anxious about when their next kale, chia or quinoa hit is coming, or eat only at home where 'superfood' intake can be tightly controlled.

And what would cause this disorder? Why, of course, it would be the advice of all those experts who tell us what to worry about.  It’s like an iatrogenic illness, one brought about by hospital or physician treatment.

Underlying all of this food obsession is the absurd notion that by living according to the ”right” set of rules – diet, exercise, sleep, and whatever new obsession someone writes a bestseller about – we can stave off the inevitable: death. I remember well the shock and outrage when Linda McCartney, health food and fitness guru (and wife of Beatle Paul McCartney), succumbed to cancer. Her followers seemed to feel it was cosmically unjust that someone who followed all the rules could die. I’m sorry, but the Grim Reaper comes for all of us, sooner or later. People with no spiritual base, completely stuck in materialism, naturally fear death, and substitute obsessions like Orthorexia as a means of coping. It doesn’t do any good, and as the experts now tell us, can be counterproductive.  

It was inevitable. Now that salt has ben shown to be healthy, and too little salt more dangerous than too much salt, the class of people who enjoy bullying others about what they should eat have gone full circle. The UK Daily Mail:

Orthorexia nervosa, the 'health food eating disorder', gets its name from the Greek word ortho, meaning straight, proper or correct. 

This exaggerated focus on food can be seen today in some people who follow lifestyle movements such as 'raw', 'clean' and 'paleo'.

American doctor Steven Bratman coined the term 'orthorexia nervosa' in 1997 some time after his experience in a commune in upstate New York. 

It was there he developed an unhealthy obsession with eating 'proper' food. (snip)

There is a blurry line separating 'normal' healthy eating and orthorexia nervosa, but one way to define the condition is when eating 'healthily' causes significant distress or negative consequences in a person's life.

This exaggerated focus on food can be seen today in some people who follow lifestyle movements such as 'raw', 'clean' and 'paleo'

They may be 'plunged into gloom' by eating a piece of bread, become anxious about when their next kale, chia or quinoa hit is coming, or eat only at home where 'superfood' intake can be tightly controlled.

And what would cause this disorder? Why, of course, it would be the advice of all those experts who tell us what to worry about.  It’s like an iatrogenic illness, one brought about by hospital or physician treatment.

Underlying all of this food obsession is the absurd notion that by living according to the ”right” set of rules – diet, exercise, sleep, and whatever new obsession someone writes a bestseller about – we can stave off the inevitable: death. I remember well the shock and outrage when Linda McCartney, health food and fitness guru (and wife of Beatle Paul McCartney), succumbed to cancer. Her followers seemed to feel it was cosmically unjust that someone who followed all the rules could die. I’m sorry, but the Grim Reaper comes for all of us, sooner or later. People with no spiritual base, completely stuck in materialism, naturally fear death, and substitute obsessions like Orthorexia as a means of coping. It doesn’t do any good, and as the experts now tell us, can be counterproductive.