Orthorexia nervosa can be defined as people who are obsessed with healthy eating, concerned with quality rather than quantity, who refine and restrict their diet and often avoid foods containing pesticides, herbicides or artificial additives.
I suppose it was about time that someone classified the “obsession with healthy eating”. Now, who is going to classify and label the obsession with TV, junk food or partying? I assume that based on the recent article in the Gaurdian that those obsessions are “normal” and a completely accepted part of society. What about the person obsessed with finding lables for everything not considered “average”? Do those individuals get labeled ?
If I want to avoid being classified as having a mental disorder, I should buy some microwaveable dinners, bags of chocolate, and lots of greasy chips and soda. If friends of mine were to look through my fridge they might have to commit me to food rehab, so I could learn to love and process the greasy and synthetic foods I don’t currently enjoy and which my body rejects.
Now really, on a more serious note, it might be those who don’t care what’s in their food who have a disease, perhaps called Ignorities, or more typical of the none-labeled lablers, Scientia Nervosa. After all, according to the article we should only be concerned with how much food we eat and not the quality or nutritional value of what we ingest.
There are many cultures who don’t believe we should eat everything we can get our hands on, in fact, there are many philosophies that suggest that the less we eat the longer we live.
Regardless of how they chose to label me, I WILL continue to question what is in the food I eat. To be honest, I should never have to worry about the poisons that are allowed to be in my food. However, until regulations change, I will have to question what is in the food I eat, at least when its in my control.
Perhaps someone should send the article written in the Gaurdian to the Ayurvedic cultures in India because a way of life that has successfully existed for over 5,000 years shouldn’t be in the dark about Orthorexia Nervosa, it could literally revolutionize their diet.