Monday, November 14, 2005

Eating Healthy Food Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

No doubt you've heard lately about being healthy by eating organic foods. There's been an explosion of organic whole food stores opening up all over the nation. Even at my local grocery store, there is an entire section of organic and whole foods for sale.

Just as anorexia is considered an eating disorder and a disease, there's a new food obsession in town. It's an obsession with only eating high quality/organic foods. It's name: Orthorexia Nervosa. Ortho = proper, orexia = appetite. Although orthorexia is not an official eating disorder yet, it's quickly becomming a problem for many health conscious people out there.

Some of these people do want to lose weight, others need to cure an ailment, and there are those that simply wish to be healthy. Now, nothing's wrong with choosing to eat organic and whole foods. Most of us need to do more of it. Cancer and Type 2 Diabetes are on the rise, and maybe eating better could either prevent or alleviate these diseases. However, it seems even planning healthy meals can become an obsession.

Here are some of the signs that someone could be suffering from orthorexia nervosa (from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation):

*Spending more than three hours a day thinking about healthy food
*Continually limiting the number of foods they eat
*Experiencing a reduced quality of life or social isolation (because their diet makes it difficult for them to eat anywhere but at home)
*Feeling critical of others who do not eat as well they do
*Skipping foods they once enjoyed in order to eat the "right" foods
*Feeling guilt or self-loathing when they stray from their diet
*Feeling in "total" control when they eat the correct diet

Dr. Steven Bratman (pictured right) is the pioneer in this new phenomena, and coined the term "orthorexia nervosa." He knows that this eating disorder, like any other eating disorder, can be dangerous. One woman he was working with died of heart failure from an orthorexia-induced starvation.

So remember...

The new enemy:

The cure:

Eat junk food...because you don't want to die from orthorexia nervosa.

Actually, I think a certain someone could use a little dose of orthorexia:


Sherri said...

Yikes! That woman is so skinny it's scaring me!

Andrew said...

I wish you were my doctor ... !

NowhereGirl said...

he he, Andrew... I was thinking the SAME thing!!

If it were only the case (as I take another bite of my carrot stick)... ;-)

Laurie said...

I can't afford to have orthorexia.

Bring on the cheeseburgers!

I love how you ended that post, hahaha.. (even though I'm a Michael Moore fan)

KC said...

I'll never be able to eat healthy until I learn to cook. Since I don't plan on learning any time soon, I'll continue to eat fast-food, frozen dinners, ding-dongs, and hot dogs. Yummy!

The Phoenix said...

A twinkie or french fry could just save your life. Put down that carrot stick right NOW!

David Amulet said...

I'm not sure which pic scares me more: Michael Moore, the skin-and-bones model ... or that goofy-ass looking Dr. Bratman! Where did you find HIM--Harold Ramis's closet?!?

-- d.a.

The Phoenix said...

Oh man, it does look like Harold Ramis...but with a mullet.

Did you know Harold Ramis wrote and directed Caddyshack? He also directed Groundhog Day.

Most people know Harold Ramis as one of the Ghostbusters, or Bill Murray's best friend in Stripes.

Jamie Dawn said...

I've been trying to cut back and get in shape for the holidays. It's a good thing I read this post before orthorexia nervosa took hold of me. Thanks for saving me.
I gotta go now and get a Big Mac and vanilla shake before my pizza is delivered.

:P fuzzbox said...

To paraphrase, 'A twinkie a day...'. Finally a maxim I can live with.

cube said...

That woman looks like someone out of Auschwitz. Moderation is the key to a healthy diet. Eat a little of everything & you'll do OK.

BTW I'm always up for the gratitous Michael Moore fat joke.

Keshi said...

LOL healthy message thanks!


Sophist said...

I couldn't decide who is more foul, Michael Moore or Peter Jackson. But then Peter Jackson went and lost 70 pounds this year!

The Phoenix said...

Did Jackson get his stomach stapled or something? 70 lbs is a lot of weight. He won't be called "Lard of the Rings" anymore.

Anhoni Patel said...

Phoenix- you're cah-razy.

PDD said...

Michael Moore is working on it guys. It doesn't take a week to loose 7000 lbs., Like the rest of the Hollywood starlets believe. We will just have to wait and find out in a few years... maybe a decade, who knows? Have patience.

I am looking forward to his new project, "Sicko", a documentary blasting pharmaceutical companies. Really looking forward to that.

ObilonKenobi said...

Damn. I was contemplating anorexia but this sounds like more fun. Plus there's the antisocial aspect.

Pixie said...

Hmm I dont know about healthy eating being bad for your health , its certainly bad for your wallet.maybe they should make healthy stuff cheaper and hike up the junk food prices.

Mojotek said...

Hmmm... I'm thinking if Michael Moore could shed a few pounds he might get taken more seriously by some of the hardcore politicos.

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