Experts Claim Passion for Eating Healthy Has Become a Mental Disorder

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Editor’s Note: A mental disorder? Ya don’t say. Hey, maybe the Obama Administration can find a way to use this to take away people’s guns…

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Originally posted at Waking Times

When you finally realize that mainstream food companies are basically selling us food full of chemicals and devout of nutrients, you may, like many others, start to become a little fanatic about reading ingredients lists, seeking out GMO-free products, supplementing with superfoods, and actually paying attention to what goes into your body.

Well, guess what? Now, you suddenly may have a mental disorder, at least according to scientists at the University of Northern Colorado who conducted a case study about the obsession of eating healthy. This new eating disorder is called orthorexia nervosa (ON) and is said to be driven by a fear of being unhealthy and disgust for low-quality food.

“Orthorexia nervosa (ON) is a term introduced to describe a condition characterized by a pathologic obsession for bio-logically pure and healthy nutrition.” ~Ryan M. Moroze, MD. et al [1]

The psychologists conducting the study argue that healthy eating can become dangerous if one becomes fixated on the types of ingredients in food, how the food is cooked, and what materials are used to prepare it. Those “suffering” from orthorexia may take extra time to prepare their food and carefully consider what they are willing to eat.

In this day and age, 90% of grocery store shelves, at least in the United States, are filled with processed foods, most of which are scientifically engineered to create physical and psychological dependency. Mega-portion processed meals have lead to spiking rates of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. Shouldn’t conscientious effort to prepare and eat healthy foods be called sensible and smart instead of potentially dangerous?

Let’s agree that obsessive behavior is never really healthy, regardless of the situation. So what’s really the danger? Thomas Dunn, associate professor of psychology at the University of Northern Colorado and co-author of a recent paper believes the following:

“Such draconian diets can lack essential nutrients, and they make the vitamins and minerals a person does get from meals of exclusively, say, leafy greens, impossible for the body to absorb. This can lead to fragile bones, hormonal shifts, and cardiac problems, along with psychological distress and entrenched, delusional thinking.” [2]

We have been so meticulously programmed by food marketers that mainstream processed foods are “natural” “healthy” and “nutritious”, yet the statistics speak for themselves: the typical mainstream diet is making us unhealthy. Regardless of the substantial rise in obesity and numerous diseases, even people that follow the mantra of “healthy diet and exercise” are finding it increasingly difficult to be healthy because food bought in stores is just not what is used to be.

In the face of declining public health, doctors pump us full of pills that don’t really address the issue. Food corporations only care about profits, and their marketers lie to help them get those profits. Who else is left to help us find a path toward optimum health but ourselves?

How can you judge if you or someone you love is suffering from orthorexia? Similarly to most other mental illness assessment, a quick review of a checklist of potential traits will do. According to Dunn, if you identify with two or more of the following traits, you might need to see a counselor:

1. You consume a nutritionally unbalanced diet because of concerns about “food purity.”

2. You’re preoccupied about how eating impure or unhealthy foods will affect your physical or emotional health.

3. You rigidly avoid any food you deem to be “unhealthy,” such as those containing fat, preservatives, additives or animal products.

4. You spend three or more hours per day reading about, acquiring or preparing certain kinds of food you believe to be “pure.”

5. You feel guilty if you eat foods you believe to be “impure.”

6. You’re intolerant of other’s food beliefs.

7. You spend an excessive proportion of your income on “pure” foods. [4]

Considering this list, I’m a certified health nut!

If psychologists are so eager to create new mental illness, why not create a fancy label for the people participating in hot-dog eating contests, contributing to the daily consumption of 1.9 billion servings of Coca-cola products, or opting for the quad-stacked Big Mac and supersize fries.

“Orthorexia has not yet found its way into the latest edition of the psychiatric bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), yet is commonly being lumped in with other eating disorders. Stepping back and looking at the ones pushing this label on us shows highly questionable motives. Psychiatry as a whole is deeply in bed with a pharmaceutical industry that makes the drugs to “treat” every one of these “disorders.” It is often these companies that are wielding influence behind the scenes to invent more mental health categories with their toxic products as the answer.” ~ Jefferey Jaxen [5]

Sources:

[1] psychosomaticsjournal.com

[2] popsci.com

[3] cnn.com

[4] abcnews.com

[5]  naturalsociety.com

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  • ccambridge

    Seems as if the us government the archenemy of McDonald’s and Michele Obama and her public school lunch programs may have been the first cases of orthorexia ever seen in his country. Furthermore the government and their love interest in the GMO loving Monsanto company that rational humans are avoiding when shopping won’t make any sense to the rest of us when they are labeling safety conscience individuals.

  • Enough is enough

    Anything that people think they do, to make them a individual. It will become a mental illness. That’s where all this is heading.

    • NonYo Business

      True. But Id rather be labelled crazy than eat their damm GMO’s. F. That.

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    • Right to the Point

      We may already be there Enough….

  • Rick E.

    To most politicians, it IS a mental disorder to minimize profits and maximize health impacts that are positive! And these traitors need to be terminated! PERIOD! All they care about is making millions, and they couldn’t care less about health.

  • whiteberry

    Just another way for the medical mafia industry to dig their murderous capitalist claws into those who don’t need their overpriced services. All will pay, whether sick or healthy!

  • Broos

    Gotta inewer US’ sheep to accepting unlabelled mystery meat; light, sweet crude Gulfs’ seafood and glow-in-the dark radioactive Fukushima produce!

  • Reverend Draco

    When you finally realize that mainstream food companies are basically selling us food full of chemicals and devoid of nutrients,

    (feel free to delete this after you make the correction)

  • Joe2D2

    I can hear the commercial advertisement now, “Concerned about what’s in your food? Do you find yourself shopping at farmer’s markets? Spending twice as long at the grocery store reading labels? Spending too much on organically grown food? Have you started your own garden or greenhouse? If so, you may be suffering from ON. Ask your doctor about Monsatofuxya. Monsantofuxya may cause gut rot, anal bleeding, heart failure, thoughts of suicide, impotence, severe lesions, sudden gender change, infertility.”

    -Cue the happy family at the dinner table smiling and eating processed food.

    “Start living a more carefree life with a less stressful diet and find out if you could be suffering from ON”.

    -Roll fine print and blur screen to cut sequence.

    Fucking assholes they are

    • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

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  • Mike

    Yea, so if you like to eat healthy so you live a better life you are insane. Imagine that all while they push the made to kill you GMO foods.

  • Razedbywolvs

    “Orthorexia nervosa”
    If it was not a piece of science propaganda, I have a hard time trying to understand the ridiculous guidelines or why anyone would try to do this.
    You have extreme cases, like the parents that killed there infant with soymilk. This would be a excellent way to get them off of murder by a plea of temporary insanity from lack of hamburger. Like infanticide laws, I fined this to be truly sick.
    I would fined this less disturbing if it was just anther in a long line of shill science.

  • Dow Jones

    Eat shit; A billion flies can’t be wrong! This corpofascist zoo is becoming more ridiculous by the day.

  • D.Moore

    I’d say they aren’t experts at all but they are shills for the food industry

  • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

    DSM = quack bible full of psuedo-$cience and I wouldn’t trust any MD that hyphenates the word “biologically”… idiot.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Ummm….it’s now a mental illness to want to be healthy?? Oh right-I forgot we’re talking about the US…

  • Tom

    The more mental illnesses I watch them invent, the more confidant I become that the one mental illness that does more damage to all of us than all the rest combined will never be identified or treated: the obsessive pursuit of wealth beyond any reasonable need for more money. Imagine Bill Gates, David Rockefeller, George Soros, or Warren Buffet being hospitalized and drugged until they discover the truth that life can be quite good on an ordinary income if only one becomes aware of the beauty that surrounds us and the golden riches of love and friendship. I think we could probably cure them with a couple of in-patient injections of DMT followed by an annual out-patient dose of ecstasy to remind them what makes life good and real.

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  • loveday09

    There ya have it folks it is official. We live in Orwell’s dystopia. We see all these people who engage in risky sexual activities, engage in body mutilation, are confused about basic issues such as their own gender, and now, wait for it universities are offering fat studies to combat “weightism”, all these groups are deemed to be “ok” and in need of special privileges. While those who engage in healthy eating, care about their body and take responsibility for maintaining their own health are deemed to have a mental health problem. You just can not make this stuff up!

  • bozotoo

    General Mills (and others) has so much sugar in some of their cereals that their mascot Sunny the bird went cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs when he needed another fix. The anticipation of another sugar fix made Sunny mad and do irrational things.

    Of course, General Mills lies when it says that such a sugar load is part of a “balanced” diet. Their products top ingredient is sugar and corn syrup, and denatured and bleached GMO corn and wheat.

    The destruction of your health and lowered immune functions from sugar-rich diets is for the profits of the food corporations and facilitated by their propaganda aimed at children to get them hooked at a young age.

    Now we have some of the quacks in the psychiatric and medical cartels saying that if you read food labels, and do other research and have diet concerns, then you are insane or troubled?

    There is something very sinister here with this propaganda, as if you are a mentally-ill traitor if you think for yourself and step out of the corporate endorsing consuming consumer role. To live a self-actualized life is a threat to the illusions of the status quo.

    cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs