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We somehow knew this would happen. The latest eating disorder, according to The Guardian, is “a serious psychological condition characterised by an obsession with healthy eating.” It’s a rich person’s disease, named orthorexia nervosa by a California doctor (Steven Bratman) who described it as a “fixation on righteous eating.” “I am definitely seeing significantly more orthorexics than just a few years ago,” said Ursula Philpot, chair of the British Dietetic Association’s mental health group. “Other eating disorders focus on quantity of food but orthorexics can be overweight or look normal. They are solely concerned with the quality of the food they put in their bodies, refining and restricting their diets according to their personal understanding of which foods are truly ‘pure’.”
These people have “rigid rules around eating,” reports Amelia Hill. They don’t touch salt, sugar, wheat, yeast, corn or dairy foods. Foods that might have come in contact with pesticides or herbicides are forbidden. They obsess about foods that are “good” and those that are “bad,” resulting in malnourishment. Eating becomes such a stressful event that these people become socially isolated.
Deanne Jade, founder of the National Centre for Eating Disorders, said “modern society has lot its way with food.” Everywhere we go we’re told to eat this, don’t eat that, so that people are giving up entire food groups. We are a crazy people.