Sunday, August 26, 2007

Suffer the Orthorexics

Well, who knew that there was a polite term that refers to people who eat so much of small number of things that end up suffering from malnutrition? From Wikipedia

Orthorexia, or orthorexia nervosa is a term coined by Dr. Steven Bratman, a Colorado MD, to denote an eating disorder characterized by a fixation on eating what the sufferer considers to be healthful food, which can ultimately lead to early death.

Bratman coined the term in 1997 from the Greek orthos, "correct or right", and orexis for "appetite". Literally "correct appetite", the word is modeled on anorexia, "without appetite". Bratman describes orthorexia as an unhealthy obsession (as in obsessive-compulsive disorder) with what the sufferer considers to be healthy eating. The subject may avoid certain foods, such as those containing fats, preservatives, or animal products, and suffer malnutrition. Dr. Bratman asserts that "emaciation is common among followers of health food diets."

Suffer the orthorexics, for they must not inherit our mirth. Qualms v. 1

Thanks to Gary Allen for leading us to this refreshing intermezzo of contemporary psycho-speak.


David said...

Thanks for sharing.

Tags said...

Jeffrey Steingarten's first food book - The Man Who Ate Everything - has a great chapter titled "Salad the Silent Killer." Sure enough, many vegetables have evolved toxins that, eaten raw in large volume or over time, can actually kill or injure you. Others inhibit your body's processing of nutrients.

The other chapters are great, too - and I'm not just saying that because I like curmudgeons.

Joe said...

Not a great thing to post david, orthorexics live by enough bad food information, to then have to deal with what you've posted, saying that about veg, sometimes an orthorexics only safe food could lead to a diet of barely anything.