Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Healthy Eating Disorder ?

Since it is the new year and we all have our wieght loss resolutions firmly in place, I thought it would be interesting to re-post this blog written by a member of our staff a couple of years ago. It brings a new meaning to the healthy eating craze that has swept the country. Not to say that living healthy is a bad thing....but, well, read on!
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.
Original post by Dr. C on 4/22/08

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