Eating disorder charities are reporting a rise in the number of people suffering from a serious psychological condition
characterised by an obsession with healthy eating.
The condition, orthorexia nervosa, affects equal numbers of men and women, but sufferers tend to be aged over 30, middle-class and
The condition was named by a Californian doctor, Steven Bratman, in 1997, and is described as a "fixation on righteous eating". Until
a few years ago, there were so few sufferers that doctors usually included them under the catch-all label of "Ednos" – eating disorders not
otherwise recognised. Now, experts say, orthorexics take up such a significant proportion of the Ednos group that they should be treated
That which I have bolded:
1 - Eating disorder charities
: Is it me, or does anyone ever wonder how much revenue these charities are throwing around? How much are their
'leaders' paid, and who supports them?
2 - serious psychological condition
: Wouldn't a trained physician or specialist be required to make such a diagnosis? Would such a diagnosis
be forthcoming if there were no other symptoms than the patient living a regimented dietary lifestyle?
3 - sufferers tend to be aged over 30, middle-class and well-educated
: Hmm, isn't that just about the age when most adults realize that their
digestive systems can no longer handle our modern day 'heavy fuel' food consumption lifestyle? That's when I decided to stop eating 10 oz of
Doritos as a snack late at night, no more super meat-lovers pizzas for me, no more super-sized fries with that Mcmeal.
4 - Californian doctor, Steven Bratman
: While presumptively we are to take it for granted that this doctor is a godlng within his field, I
find myself wondering about a pissed of doctor who is tired of his patients doing their own research on dietary matters. I wonder what the volume of
his research grant was? Was it enough to start a clinic? Is it corporate?... Is it hungry?
5 - "fixation on righteous eating"
: "righteous" is an interesting way to describe something, as in, perhaps the doctor was facing
faith-like zealous behavior in those he was treating. The natural human response to zealotry external to their sensibilities is what, condemnation?
Does he say, can we know?
6 - "Ednos" – eating disorders not otherwise recognised
: It is less than comforting to know that the community which endorses this
concept, as an element of errant behavior requiring professional intervention, has a 'catch-all' bucket in which to drop those who they want to
treat, even if they lack an understanding of the offending behavior.
7 - they should be treated separately
: Why shouldn't everything be treated separately, why should every disorder be treated uniquely, why
shouldn't every patient be treated as an individual (with an identity and a name?)
In all seriousness, obsessive behavior will manifest itself any way it can. Of course there are those who will decide that they can and should
survive on a diet of grape soda and pop rocks. I applaud those doctors who spot these traits and try to bring balance back to them. But to use this
aberration as a call for organized action seems a bit ill-conceived, unless the contention is that this problem is epidemic in nature. I don't get
the impression it is.
On the other hand, maligning the concern as anything other than medical interest requires much more than proof that a person can
own diet without medical support or psychological evaluation.
I suspect that arousing the ire of the health-food enthusiasts is good business. And it is essential that we question such trends. Other components
of global governance are beginning to come to bear... the CODEX for one. Considering the Pharmaceuticals intense participation in this regard
justifies such scrutiny.