Posted by: kierstin1220 | March 3, 2009

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Is it possible to become obsessed with healthy eating? According to a recent article by The New York Times it is and it’s becoming a growing problem among the younger generation.

Part of the problem is that parents are becoming somewhat obsessed with their children’s eating habits. Instead of teaching their children the value of eating in moderation, some parents are classifying foods as either good or bad.

We’re seeing a lot of anxiety in these kids, said Cynthia Bulik, the director of the eating disorders program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They go to birthday parties, and if it’s not a granola cake they feel like they can’t eat it. The culture has led both them and their parents to take the public health messages to an extreme.  New York Times

The new food pyramid
The new food pyramid

This new obsession with healthy eating has led to the development of a new eating disorder –othorexia. So what is it?

According to the orthorexia Web site, it is a “fixation on righteous eating.” People become obsessed with eating only organic foods, which sometimes actually harms their health.  The author of the Web site, Dr. Steven Bratman, even published a book about the problem called Health Food Junkies.
Although there has been some debate if orthorexia is really that different from anorexia nervosa it is still a growing problem. Check out these video clips to get a better understanding of what can happen if you become too obsessed with health food.

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