'Healthy' Food Causing Eating Disorders?

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ABC News looked at the relationship between "healthy foods" and people's behaviors around them. According to Suzan Clarke's article HERE, a new term has been coined "orthorexia" for a severe disorder where people constantly try to be "pure" with their food choices. ABC New's medical contributor, "Dr. Marie Savard said people who have orthorexia have a distortion of thinking about what constitutes good health and an unhealthy obsession with eating only healthy foods. That can lead to severe weight loss and emaciation." To some degree, I agree with this statement; however, I do not think that orthorexia is a realistic diagnosis, as a replacement of anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder, because there is no current way to determine whether the thoughts about "pure foods" come first or the behaviors towards certain disorders.

HERE is a Youtube video of the ABC NEws Article (Part 1) that goes with the article.

On another note, I find the reliability of this article to be challenged when ABC News puts a link/advertisement in the middle of the page about how to eat healthy. Society may not be the ONLY correlated variable to eating disorders, but it sure sends mixed messages.

There are so many other potential causes to eating disorders than what society defines as "healthy food" that this article does not consider. Perhaps, children learn "good" foods from "bad" foods based on what their parents eat; perhaps one or both parents had eating disorders themselves, so children learned behaviors, rather than eating concepts.

If you are interested in learning more about eating disorders or getting more involved with eating disorder advocacy (in the US and MN), go to The Emily Program's website HERE. The Emily Program is a national non-profit organization to "make a difference in the lives of people struggling with eating disorders and their loved ones." There are multiple locations in MN, including St. Paul, St. Louis Park and Stillwater.


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