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Orthorexics, Unite! You have nothing to lose but your health!

If orthrexia does not take take the cake, what does?

Well, that did it.  I wasn't going to comment on the looming DSM--but now I have to. I feel compelled, possessed. What happened is that I looked at today's Time and there I read: the article by Bonnie Rochman titled: Orthorexia: Can healthy eating be a disorder.  Let me quote you the first paragraph:

Kristie Rutzel was in high school when she began adhering precisely to the government food pyramids. As the Virginia native learned more about healthy eating, she stopped ingesting anything processed, then restricted herself to whole foods and eventually to 100% organic. By college, the 5-ft. 4-in. communications major was on a strict raw-foods diet, eating little else besides uncooked broccoli and cauliflower and tipping the scales at just 68 lb. Rutzel, now 27, has a name for her eating disorder: orthorexia, a controversial diagnosis characterized by an obsession with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy.

Well, if that does not take the cake, I would sincerely like to know what does take the cake.

Let's make up some other "mental disorder" get some of that "insurance" "money".  Eh?



Joseph Juhász is an environmental psychologist who is professor of architecture and environmental design at the University of Colorado.


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