Attention, preachy health nuts who always make ordering food in a restaurant as complicated as possible: Recently, The Guardian reported that a new eating disorder, orthorexia nervosa, is on the rise. Orthorexia is characterized by an adherence to impossibly strict food rules, and a full-blown obsession with the quality and purity of every ounce of food that one puts into one’s body. Sufferers are typically college-educated, middle-class women and men older than 30. According to The Guardian, orthorexics revile and shun sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, soy, yeast, corn, and dairy products – and that’s just the beginning. (Obviously, anything you’d eat that involves pesticides, herbicides, or unnatural additives is completely off limits to orthorexics.) This is healthy eating to the ultimate extreme.
The serious health consequences? Because of their dogmatic lifestyle, orthorexics are in danger of becoming malnourished; and their personal relationships also almost always deteriorate, thanks to their intractable “virtuous eating” beliefs and practices. Let’s just say that during long car trips on I-95, orthorexics are not stopping off at a Burger King on the NJ Turnpike.
via The Guardian