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(Time)   Eat healthy all the time? Congratulations, you have an eating disorder   (time.com ) divider line
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2010-02-12 09:57:40 PM  
Yeah, whenever I see a health food nut, they look like something is seriously wrong with them.

Usually something an extra sammich daily would fix.
 
2010-02-12 10:07:17 PM  
heh
 
2010-02-12 10:09:11 PM  
By college, the 5-ft. 4-in. communications major was on a strict raw-foods diet, eating little else besides uncooked broccoli and cauliflower and tipping the scales at just 68 lb.

So eating nothing in a day other than 6 servings of a low calorie food is bad for you? Who would have guessed?
 
2010-02-12 10:46:36 PM  
A strict raw-foods diet isn't healthy. Unless you're a rabbit.
 
2010-02-12 11:54:08 PM  
That sort of diet all of the time doesn't sound very healthy.
 
2010-02-12 11:55:34 PM  
That's why I eat a cat turd every week.
 
2010-02-12 11:55:54 PM  
what this described is definitely anorexia.
 
2010-02-12 11:57:24 PM  
I can definitely see how various fads would shape into this. Fat was evil, but now there's good fat and bad fat, and now sugar and salt is evil.

/drinks water low in fat and eats lard low in sugar
 
2010-02-12 11:57:41 PM  
ITFA: Writer confuses "subsisting wholly on green vegetables while ignoring the whole 'meat' side of our omnivorous dietary requirements" as 'healthy.'
 
2010-02-12 11:58:54 PM  
Psychologists: their work isn't done until everyone has a disorder.
 
2010-02-12 11:59:05 PM  
I can sell you a pill for that.
 
2010-02-13 12:00:41 AM  
I just avoid excess of what I know is bad in excess (which is pretty much everything).
 
2010-02-13 12:02:40 AM  
When you obsessively restrict calories til you're in danger of starving, it's pretty much garden variety anorexia.

Also, this is pretty much the definition of not news. A rare handful of people have an eating disorder. Lots and lots of people are overweight and experiencing long term health effects because of their bad diets. But let's do a story on it and act like this is the new norm, and we should all eat crappy food so we don't become orthorexic.
 
2010-02-13 12:02:56 AM  

IonBeam2: PsychologistsPsychiatrists: their work isn't done until everyone has a disorder.

 
2010-02-13 12:02:58 AM  
I'm not sure how eating healthy and avoiding the garbage they put in modern food is a problem. Seems like the chick in the article has deeper problems then being a healthy eater. She in fact is not at all following a healthy diet. She is starving herself.
 
2010-02-13 12:03:50 AM  
I'm avoiding soda this month...does that count as temporary dietary insanity?

/dnfta
 
2010-02-13 12:04:16 AM  
She wasn't eating enough or enough variety. "Uncooked broccoli and cauliflower" is not a balanced diet... even for a vegetarian. Where are the beans? Potatoes? Hell, where are the grains, multi - or otherwise? This is an idiot that does not understand food intake. She is really the same as an obese person, just taken a different direction. She's still obsessed about food, she's just uninformed or ignorant in a different way. Someone send her "How to cook everything vegetarian" and a nutritionist stat!
 
2010-02-13 12:04:32 AM  

Niveras: ITFA: Writer confuses "subsisting wholly on green vegetables while ignoring the whole 'meat' side of our omnivorous dietary requirements" as 'healthy.'


Because it's impossible to be healthy without meat.

/ Not a vegetarian
// NTTAWWT
 
2010-02-13 12:05:53 AM  
"...avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy."

This word is important.
 
2010-02-13 12:07:56 AM  

7wolf: This word is important.


No kidding. You cant subsist on farking cabbage cultivars.
 
2010-02-13 12:08:18 AM  
Some of these 'healthful' diets really are harmful to the system, and I point directly at anything that completely cuts out parts of the diet, like proteins, carbohydrates or even fats.
Even more harmful can be the sense of smug that some people who follow these diets get. There is a supervisor at my work that is on the verge of receiving a trans-fat free, totally organic knuckle sandwich (gluten free bread, of course) if he keeps coming into the lunch room and asking if we know how much carbs, sugar, salt, sodium, trans fat, or new food-related boogeymen are in our meals.
 
2010-02-13 12:08:23 AM  

006andahalf: I just avoid excess of what I know is bad in excess (which is pretty much everything).


Masturbation is not bad
/oh waiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttttttttttttt
 
2010-02-13 12:10:14 AM  
Pork, chicken or beef. Potatoes or rice. Peas or corn. Peanut butter sandwiches at lunch. Coffee 3 times a day. Middle America has the most rigid diet in the world.
 
2010-02-13 12:10:43 AM  

Genevieve Marie: When you obsessively restrict calories til you're in danger of starving, it's pretty much garden variety anorexia.


This.

7wolf: "...avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy."

This word is important.


And this.

Power Skunk: Some of these 'healthful' diets really are harmful to the system, and I point directly at anything that completely cuts out parts of the diet, like proteins, carbohydrates or even fats.
Even more harmful can be the sense of smug that some people who follow these diets get. There is a supervisor at my work that is on the verge of receiving a trans-fat free, totally organic knuckle sandwich (gluten free bread, of course) if he keeps coming into the lunch room and asking if we know how much carbs, sugar, salt, sodium, trans fat, or new food-related boogeymen are in our meals.


And a little bit of this for good measure.
 
2010-02-13 12:12:05 AM  
Try learning a little bit about the disorder before dismissing it as fake (start by RTFA). This isn't about people who eat healthy diets. It's about people who have a severely distorted view of what's healthy (often based around pseudoscientific ideas that resemble ritual "purity" more than actual nutrition), an obsession that leads to their entire life revolving around planning meals that don't violate their rules, an increasingly narrow set of rules, and an absolute terror that horrible things will happen if they violate the rules. It dominates and ruins their lives and, ironically, their health too. This has *nothing* at all to do with any sort of eating habits which actually *are* healthy.
 
2010-02-13 12:14:21 AM  

Icarus3: This has *nothing* at all to do with any sort of eating habits which actually *are* healthy.


Right. What you just described is anorexia. It's horrible disease, but we don't need to act like it's a new phenomenon just because it expresses itself in different ways. Basically, you just gave the exact definition of it.
 
2010-02-13 12:14:27 AM  
Wow, this hits really close to home for me.

When I was in high school my sister began to be concerned with "eating healthy." She stopped eating meat and started exercising compulsively. She began blacklisting so many foods - I'll never forget what squash smells like, she had it every day multiple meals.

She didn't "not eat," at least at first. In the beginning it was just cutting out unhealthier foods, but the definition of "unhealthy" kept expanding and the anxiety attached to these foods grew stronger.

That, I think, is why they are proposing this disorder - it's tough to get someone to accept a diagnosis as an anorexic when they're actually eating all the damn time, it's just carrots and negative calorie foods. But if you can point to a disorder like "orthorexia," you can say, "listen, you THINK you're eating healthy, but these case studies show that YOU ARE KILLING YOURSELF and we can help you."

/Cool story, bro.
 
2010-02-13 12:15:43 AM  
So when it is taken to a obsession it not healthy.
Somehow that sounds generically familiar.
 
2010-02-13 12:15:47 AM  
I'm pretty sure eating nothing but low-calorie foods is just plain ordinary anorexia. So's being really finicky about what you eat.

/definitely not anorexic
//was at the gym 26 minutes ago
 
2010-02-13 12:16:31 AM  

Tyralis: what this described is definitely anorexia.


That's like calling bulimia a type of anorexia. The practical effect might be the same in all three cases, but the thought process behind each is unique. Also, anorexia and bulimia are body image issues, and there was nothing in the article to suggest that was the case.

The disorder the article describes actually sounds more like an obsessive compulsive disorder. The girl wanted to eat health food, but she got all turned around about what kinds of food were healthy to the point where hardly anything made the healthy list. It's seems similar to people who are afraid of germs or afraid to go outside.
 
2010-02-13 12:22:23 AM  
A broccoli & cauliflower-only diet is NOT considered a "healthy" one by any standard, any more than an all-styrofoam diet would be.

Fail for the submitter.

And Time.
 
2010-02-13 12:22:35 AM  
So, obsessive-compulsive disorders can encompass just about any behavior? And this is news how?
 
2010-02-13 12:23:43 AM  
In the PNW most women I know claim to be vegetarian. I don't think they really want to be, but there's a culture of cool to satisfy.

Fads are fads, food-related or otherwise. The girl in TFA got overly caught up in a food fad. She's mentally deficient in some way; the best way to save her would to get into some other food-central lifestyle, something she'd fall into naturally.
 
2010-02-13 12:26:14 AM  
i36.photobucket.com

The cure for Orthorexia. One or two a month as needed. See my secretary on the way out.
 
2010-02-13 12:27:27 AM  
This really does sound like OCD, with it's focus being food.
 
SU
2010-02-13 12:29:20 AM  
what a silly article.
 
2010-02-13 12:30:24 AM  
FARK FOOD THREAD


/this is gonna sound fat.
 
2010-02-13 12:32:30 AM  

Genevieve Marie: When you obsessively restrict calories til you're in danger of starving, it's pretty much garden variety anorexia.


Anorexia is usually more about body image than the food itself. This is something more akin to OCD, but with the same end result.

I have OCD pretty bad when it comes to food... have to strip the pepperoni off my frozen pizza and arrange it evenly, have to sort M&Ms by color, eat the extra ones and then eat them in groups of 6... so i can totally empathize with these people.

/oh wait...
//finishes off the cinnamon twists from my cheesy gordita crunch box...
///and the baja blast mixed w/ tequila
 
2010-02-13 12:39:33 AM  

Genevieve Marie: Right. What you just described is anorexia. It's horrible disease, but we don't need to act like it's a new phenomenon just because it expresses itself in different ways. Basically, you just gave the exact definition of it.


I agree with CowboyNinjaD, a real distinction may well exist based on the thought patterns behind the unhealthy, obsessive eating pattern. An obsession with "healthy" eating and a distorted perception of what that means may or may not be the same thing as an obsession with being "thin" and a distorted perception of what that means. It may ultimately be two manifestations of the same basic psychological issues, but the different presentation should at least be considered and researched, not just dismissed right off the bat. Consideration and research are only way to figure out if it's best classified as a subset of anorexia, or as a similar but different disorder.

But my point wasn't that orthorexia should be it's own diagnosis separate from anorexia. My real point was that people who say "der, healthy eating isn't a disorder!" don't know what the hell they're talking about and need to educate themselves about what the proposed term "orthorexia" refers to before commenting on it.
 
2010-02-13 12:39:45 AM  
68 lbs? She sounds fat.

Oh, wait.
 
2010-02-13 12:42:23 AM  
All I know is Jiri Fischer was apparently a health food freak when he was playing and he almost died.
 
2010-02-13 12:44:41 AM  
everything in moderation blah blah
 
2010-02-13 12:54:05 AM  
Bacon, an essential part of this or any other healthy meal:

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2010-02-13 12:57:03 AM  
I'm sorry folks....I have to end this thread early.

farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2010-02-13 01:05:57 AM  

Cyno01: Genevieve Marie: When you obsessively restrict calories til you're in danger of starving, it's pretty much garden variety anorexia.

Anorexia is usually more about body image than the food itself. This is something more akin to OCD, but with the same end result.

I have OCD pretty bad when it comes to food... have to strip the pepperoni off my frozen pizza and arrange it evenly, have to sort M&Ms by color, eat the extra ones and then eat them in groups of 6... so i can totally empathize with these people.

/oh wait...
//finishes off the cinnamon twists from my cheesy gordita crunch box...
///and the baja blast mixed w/ tequila


thats the distinction I see with it. this woman doesn't seem to be obsessed with her own image just that of her food.

is baja blast + tequila tolerable? it sounds intriguing
 
2010-02-13 01:10:06 AM  
i think what subby meant was: "eat what is considered a healthy snack, for every meal, every day? you're doing it wrong"
 
2010-02-13 01:11:30 AM  

Young Rory Calhoun: Cyno01: Genevieve Marie: When you obsessively restrict calories til you're in danger of starving, it's pretty much garden variety anorexia.

Anorexia is usually more about body image than the food itself. This is something more akin to OCD, but with the same end result.

I have OCD pretty bad when it comes to food... have to strip the pepperoni off my frozen pizza and arrange it evenly, have to sort M&Ms by color, eat the extra ones and then eat them in groups of 6... so i can totally empathize with these people.

/oh wait...
//finishes off the cinnamon twists from my cheesy gordita crunch box...
///and the baja blast mixed w/ tequila

thats the distinction I see with it. this woman doesn't seem to be obsessed with her own image just that of her food.

is baja blast + tequila tolerable? it sounds intriguing


FTFM... I don't remember a single pleasant experience with tequila.

/ Doesn't mean there weren't any, just that I don't remember them.
 
2010-02-13 01:13:03 AM  
Raw Foodism is not what we are adapted to. Our guts aren't efficient enough to eat only low density foods, something that helps us stand up right.

Thanks to fire, of course.
 
2010-02-13 01:13:55 AM  

Young Rory Calhoun: Cyno01: Genevieve Marie: When you obsessively restrict calories til you're in danger of starving, it's pretty much garden variety anorexia.

Anorexia is usually more about body image than the food itself. This is something more akin to OCD, but with the same end result.

I have OCD pretty bad when it comes to food... have to strip the pepperoni off my frozen pizza and arrange it evenly, have to sort M&Ms by color, eat the extra ones and then eat them in groups of 6... so i can totally empathize with these people.

/oh wait...
//finishes off the cinnamon twists from my cheesy gordita crunch box...
///and the baja blast mixed w/ tequila

thats the distinction I see with it. this woman doesn't seem to be obsessed with her own image just that of her food.

is baja blast + tequila tolerable? it sounds intriguing


I too, must arrange M&Ms by colour before consuming. See also Skittles. Also, the M&Ms must be arranged to Ms. Not Ws. Peanut M&Ms are delicious, but cause me discomfort because sometimes, the M and the length of the peanut are not aligned, so the M will be at proper orientation but the candy will lie sideways. I have to consume these first in a hurry so I don't spend a second longer than I have to looking at them.

Some times my wife will walk by, look down upon my desk, see my M&Ms, and then scatter them a bit. I hate that.
 
2010-02-13 01:14:59 AM  

CowboyNinjaD: Tyralis: what this described is definitely anorexia.

That's like calling bulimia a type of anorexia. The practical effect might be the same in all three cases, but the thought process behind each is unique. Also, anorexia and bulimia are body image issues, and there was nothing in the article to suggest that was the case.

The disorder the article describes actually sounds more like an obsessive compulsive disorder. The girl wanted to eat health food, but she got all turned around about what kinds of food were healthy to the point where hardly anything made the healthy list. It's seems similar to people who are afraid of germs or afraid to go outside.


True, but what Time did was take a pretty straightforward case of OCD, grind it up with some cheap filler about the "irony" of this woman's health problem stemming from a desire to eat healthy, sweeten it with irrelevant links (a Time specialty, that--I particularly like this one, in the middle of an article about people who are too health-conscious for their own good: "read how to avoid illness at any age"), give it a fancy new brand name, "Orthorexia," and sell it as a BRAND NEW PRODUCT!

The whole thing reads like something that came straight out of the Kraft Foods public relations department.
 
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