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Many of us have orthorexia!

#1 Postby Couture547 » Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:55 pm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/ ... g-disorder

This right here is a absolute joke, I feel like I'm living in la la land world.
"Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out."

It's a fact that many of those are bad for us yet we have a problem if we don't want to eat them. I guess i should start getting drunk on the weekends with my buds maybe pop some vicoden so i can be normal. I guess the Establishment doesn't want healthy people because it's interferes with there medical profits.

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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#2 Postby FormicaLinoleum » Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:38 am

Actually, I kinda agree. I don't know if it's actually a diagnosable disorder, but I'd say that obsession over total purity is a problem.

Sure, it's a good thing to think about what you eat. It's good to make sure that you eat a range of fruit, veg, grains, beans, etc. It's great to ensure that your diet is not based on nutrient-devoid items like white bread and cakes. It's good to eat organic foods when you can.

However, if you are doing those things--if your diet is made mostly of healthful whole foods, having something 'bad' now and then, like a cookie or a slice of cake, is not going to kill you. If one is at a point where one can't eat a cookie ever because absolutely everything must be 'good', I'd agree that's most likely a problem.

I think that being vegan would be excluded, assuming it's for ethical reasons. That's not about making sure that everything you put in your body is 'pure', as evidenced by the fact that veganism isn't just about food.
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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#3 Postby xzebrasx » Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:55 am

It's seems people are obsessed with labeling EVERYTHING (remember the utterly bogus "Restless Leg Syndrome"?) these days. Now even giving a damn about what you eat may get you diagnosed with an actual disorder :?

Sure, being too anal about your diet isn't a good thing, but such labeling opens the door for a lot more BS than we already have. Unhealthy eating is an incomparably bigger issue than being too obsessed with dietary "purity".

Also, what I noticed is that a lot of folks are prone to jumping to extremes. No idea whether it's a new trend (or something characteristic of only the "western culture"), but it sure seems to be fairly widespread. One day you're eating pizza, ice cream and cheeseburgers, the next day it's all wheat grass, quinoa and unicorn tears. That kind of mind-set can't be healthy, can it?

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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#4 Postby Pegesus » Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:14 am

Next Pfizer is gonna come out with a little pill to treat said ridiculous disease. They will probably color it green or something along those lines.

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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#5 Postby I'm Your Man » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:08 pm

xzebrasx wrote:One day you're eating pizza, ice cream and cheeseburgers, the next day it's all wheat grass, quinoa and unicorn tears
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"Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out."
lol, and what are called those that eat those items and what is the name of their disease ? The first four ones aren't even foods and the six last ones are common allergens; as for pesticides and insecticides, its surely not food and who the hell would really want on purpose to eat something that has been sprayed with rat poison?
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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#6 Postby timetide » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:10 pm

xzebrasx wrote:
Also, what I noticed is that a lot of folks are prone to jumping to extremes. No idea whether it's a new trend (or something characteristic of only the "western culture"), but it sure seems to be fairly widespread. One day you're eating pizza, ice cream and cheeseburgers, the next day it's all wheat grass, quinoa and unicorn tears. That kind of mind-set can't be healthy, can it?


Hey xzebrasx, do you know a good online source for unicorn tears? :D

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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#7 Postby timetide » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:12 pm

timetide wrote:Hey xzebrasx, do you know a good online source for unicorn tears? :D


Forget it, xzebrasx, I just realized that unicorn tears aren't vegan.

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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#8 Postby evolveahimsa » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:37 pm

I guess I have orthorexia too.

Steven Bratman just wants to sell more copies of his nonsense book "health food junkies."

Orthorexia is not in the DSM.
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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#9 Postby Couture547 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:55 pm

FormicaLinoleum wrote:Actually, I kinda agree. I don't know if it's actually a diagnosable disorder, but I'd say that obsession over total purity is a problem.

Sure, it's a good thing to think about what you eat. It's good to make sure that you eat a range of fruit, veg, grains, beans, etc. It's great to ensure that your diet is not based on nutrient-devoid items like white bread and cakes. It's good to eat organic foods when you can.

However, if you are doing those things--if your diet is made mostly of healthful whole foods, having something 'bad' now and then, like a cookie or a slice of cake, is not going to kill you. If one is at a point where one can't eat a cookie ever because absolutely everything must be 'good', I'd agree that's most likely a problem.

I think that being vegan would be excluded, assuming it's for ethical reasons. That's not about making sure that everything you put in your body is 'pure', as evidenced by the fact that veganism isn't just about food.


I see where your coming from, but whats wrong with wanting are body to be as pure as possibile? I think eatting healthy can be a obsession for some people and it makes them more unhealthy, but you can say the same thing for anything people do. Work is needed to live but you can be obsessed and work 20 hours a day. We know that isn't healthy, but people just call them ambitious. I never touched a drug or alcohol in my life and it was really easy becasue i never tried them. I never obessed about not having them, just the opposite, since i never did them or put thought into it i could think about other stuff

I hear the arugement well eatting that cake or that white flower or that alcolhol isn't going to kill me. Well smoking a cigerett every month or doing meth once a month isn't going to actually kill you, but if has no busisness being in the body so its' best to have none if it. Plus doing bad things once in a while leads to more and more. doing processed foods here and there won't kill you, but living on them like people do sure well.

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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#10 Postby Couture547 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:59 pm

They keep coming up with more and more medical terms and conditions so everyone has something. Then they have a drug for whatever condition. What ever happen to the good ole days where people just lived and excepted there short comming and worked with what they have instead of walking around drugged out of there minds to cover up symtoms

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#11 Postby xzebrasx » Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:24 pm

timetide wrote:
timetide wrote:Hey xzebrasx, do you know a good online source for unicorn tears? :D


Forget it, xzebrasx, I just realized that unicorn tears aren't vegan.



Yeah, man - those bastards've found a way to exploit even those who don't even exist.

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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#12 Postby Marcina » Wed Aug 19, 2009 5:46 pm

I think Orthorexia is only considered a problem when the person "afflicted" with it becomes malnourished or severely underweight due to such rigid eating habits.

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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#13 Postby lobsteriffic » Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:42 pm

Marcina wrote:I think Orthorexia is only considered a problem when the person "afflicted" with it becomes malnourished or severely underweight due to such rigid eating habits.


Or if the person's obsession with eating healthy is causing them a lot of psychological problems.

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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#14 Postby Couture547 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:55 pm

Marcina wrote:I think Orthorexia is only considered a problem when the person "afflicted" with it becomes malnourished or severely underweight due to such rigid eating habits.



Yeah i feel like if they only used the term in those cases it would be a fair description but there painting it with a thick brush calling anyone that competely avoids all those things as orthorexic when you can eat perfect and never obsess about food.

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Re: Many of us have orthorexia!

#15 Postby FormicaLinoleum » Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:20 am

xzebrasx wrote: (remember the utterly bogus "Restless Leg Syndrome"?)

Hey now, RLS isn't bogus! I actually suffer from it--it's real and it sucks! My grandmother, mother, and brother all have/had it as well. We used to call it 'jumpy leg' until we learned that the was a name for it. Sure, it's not life threatening or anything, but it's a real thing and it is really unpleasant.
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