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Monday, March 28, 2011

Orthorexia Nervosa

http://drbenkim.com/articles-orthorexia.html

This goes to show us that anything can become an unhealthy obsession. It's long but worth the read. Have you ever heard the saying "moderation in all things"? There are some things I should stay away from even in moderation. It's weird - sometimes I can have a small glass of wine - no problem. Other times I drink the whole bottle so for me none at all is better or on rare occasions - but it can't be in the house at all times. After this long all of us know what works and does not work for us. We tend to look around and see others eat some sweets and quit or have a little wine and quit so we think we can do it too - NOT.

Relax. Accept our lot in life. Is it really that bad?

7 comments:

  1. But what is our lot in life? I don't know, I think there are things we can overcome, and things we just have to accept about ourselves. Like I have an addiction to chocolate. I don't WANT to never eat it again, so I'm trying to learn how to eat it moderately. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But I have to try. I never heard of anyone being obsessed with health food, but I guess you can obsess on anything. I kind of wish I had more obsession towards health food, I'd lose weight faster! :P

    Maria
    http://mariasmusing.blogspot.com/

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  2. Maria - is the addiction physical or emotional? I know I can't have wine here but I can have some when I go out to eat. Perhaps you should not have chocolate in the house. If you feel like some chocolate, only buy one serving of whatever chocolate you want and when it's gone that's it. I suppose for our lot in life, it would be what we regularly have to deal with.

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  3. It's emotional, purely emotional. Because I have gone days without it and been totally fine. The weird thing for me is, I do better if there is chocolate in the house. If there's nothing around, I get antsy and want to eat some. If I have some there, I can often not eat it, but I feel more calm that it is there. Yup sounds emotional to me. LOL

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  4. I know quite a few orthorexics. It's not yet a DSM classification, so insurance won't pay for treatment. But if you know one, you know what a serious ED it can be. Maybe this is more common in California?

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  5. Maria - them don't keep much I guess. I will allow you one Hershey's kiss :-)

    FF - I have never known one. I wonder when ED's started becoming noticeable in the population. Has this been connected to anything else in our culture? Do other cultures have this?

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  6. Yes, other cultures have EDs, especially obesity and anorexia. In fact, historically, anorexia was a virtue if a woman was doing it for spiritual reasons. It was a sign of saintliness in the Catholic church, particularly in the Middle Ages. Fasting and self-starvation were looked upon the same way, too. Now they're recognized as mental illnesses; before, they were just signs of faith. While called by different names, they are the same thing.

    There's a book about anorexia throughout history. Bulimia, not so much. Obesity, as you might imagine, has always been there historically. It was considered to be a sign of prosperity in the 1800's in the U.S. and Europe, and even earlier in Europe and other countries.

    Very interesting how attitudes change. I should do some more research and blog about this. What do you think? I know more about anorexia, though.

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  7. You seem to be passionate about this FF so I think it might be therapeutic for you and many people seem to be engaging in a dialogue about it. I know it is very interesting to me. You are helping people bring things to the surface and deal with them. I notice them also talking about their own past. This is an important part of recovery. The learning experience may help all of us put food/eating in its proper place.

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