Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Healthy Eating Disorder ?

One man's opinion.
Only in America could they propose to have come up with a disorder for eating healthy. According to an article in the April 22, 2008 Arizona Republic's section E, page 1, upper right hand column Titled "Eat well? Must be a 'disorder'"; "Orthorexia supposedly is an emerging eating disorder marked by extreme devotion to healthful foods." "People suffering from the addiction....." The word addiction is defined according to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary as follows;

1: the quality or state of being addicted
2: compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful

I'm not a linguist by trade, (and I don't play one on television either) but the last time I checked with my doctor eating healthy wasn't defined "as persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful". I may be wrong, but I think they are reaching here. In a country where obesity and diabetes is on the increase and the healthy eating habits of many Americans is on the decrease to in any way condemn healthy eating habits is a shame. This author is amazed at what 'they' keep coming up with.


MoobieDoo said...

Ha ha! So how do they treat that disorder?? By prescribing McDonalds or Burger King?? Take a half pint of Ben & Jerry's and call me in the morning... Lol :)

Dr. C said...

They are trying to treat this 'disorder' with anti-depressants. They are finding that the 'treatment' is not working out too well because the people with this 'disorder' won't take their meds because they are not organic in nature.