Another report has surfaced about the eating disorder called orthorexia nervosa. According to the writer, “One way to define the condition is when eating ‘healthily’ causes significant distress or negative consequences in a person’s life. Such behaviors can have a significant impact on relationships with family members and friends, let alone on mental health.”
Eat Healthy, Eat Smart, Chill Out
One syndrome I’m quite sure I won’t get is orthorexia–a new kind of eating disorder defined as “a pathological obsession for biologically pure and healthy nutrition.” Many folks have shifted their diets to include healthier food (that’s a good thing), but ironically, some are cutting out important sources of vitamins and minerals (not so good). As a report in Popular Science says, “This can lead to fragile bones, hormonal shifts, and cardiac problems, along with psychological distress and entrenched, delusional thinking.” Wow—that sounds like the disclaimer at the end of pharmaceutical ads on television.
Before continuing, I’ll list my own disclaimer—I like kale. We planted a dwarf variety of the bitter veggie in our garden last summer, and from May until September, it was the gift that kept on giving. I usually eat it disguised—with other greens, tomatoes, jalapenos, and an olive oil dressing. We had many other nutritious items in the garden, and we are lucky enough to live in a community that offers plenty of healthy options. But I can’t imagine living by leafy greens and tofu alone. I’ll probably continue to “piece around.”
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