Apparently orthorexia is the new cool eating disorder and unfortunately some of us are getting swept away, because paleo is getting to be a marketed "trend diet" (packaged paleo cookies delivered to your door, anyone?). Or maybe it's just kinda cool to say you have it (like everyone and their mom having gluten intolerance). I personally don't like the term because it locks me in just another box of society. We eat what's natural. Other than raw vegans (who I have no problem with.. it's the veggie chip munching vegetarians I do), I can't think of more natural diet than paleo and it's obvious, common sense. So why are we concerning that there's something wrong with us? We're not the insane ones, the ones brainwashing our country into sickness are.
Since most people will put anything into their bodies without thought, I can kinda understand why they think Paleo is extreme. But eating natural whole food is just common sense and if people can't understand that then they are deluded, not us.
I'm not offended. I think some of us are. It's the obsessive nitpicking over minute details, such as:
Not eating regular eggs - or egg whites due to avidin. Or avoiding all eggs because of omega-6.
Fretting over the trend of the day: How can I eat more offal, fermented, marrow or gelatin?
Never eating chicken or pork due to n6. Never eating bacon or sausage.
Obsessing over macronutrient ratios/ketosis/blood work/pwo meals/pre workout meals/IF and the length of your telomeres.
I'm probably guilty of a few of these myself. But I think its healthy to acknowledge it and to be aware that we may be overanalyzing things that we do not fully understand.
After all, the important thing for most people is to avoid refined sugar/flour/veg oils and to eat real food as much as possible. The rest is highly individual.
If it weren't so damn hard to get food from your local grocer without worrying about getting "glutened" or the unnatural PUFA levels and insane amounts fructose, then i would be offended. People who don't give a passing thought of these things(outside of people who are able to buy organic and locally all the time because of locale) are stricken with something else- potentially harmful ignorance...
Orthorexia is a serious disorder, same as anorexia or bulimia. None of them should be applied lightly or inadequately. Paleo (same as other eating systems) is not "orthorexic" but it's quite possible that some persons might be in the risk of becoming orthorexic. It's not about caring for what you eat, it's when it becomes total obsession interfering with regular functioning and healthy behavior (both physical and mental).
I find the phrase "the new cool eating disorder" dangerous, eating disorders are never "cool", they are potentially serious issues, people die of anorexia or bulimia. I haven't heard of someone dying because of orthorexia, but it doesn't mean that there weren't cases like that. A lot of people who are cutting away foods out of extreme fear and obsession might end up eating not enough for a proper functioning of the body. I think a lot of vegans and people obsessed with minuscule elements are in theoretical danger to push it too far.
The term "orthorexia" has been around for a few years, the anorexics love to use it as a distraction. people love labels. I'll be offended when commercials for prescription drugs to "cure your orthorexia" begin popping up!
A small vindictive part of me is very happy when I'm criticized for eating things that will make me live longer. I just smile and say "See you in 10 years...if you're still around."
One of the crucial criteria to legitimately call a behavior "disordered" is that it interferes with functioning.
Need I say more, really?
It's obviously ridiculously to apply that label to people who are living healthy and happy lives. It's hard to find the label offensive when it is so obviously applied out of ignorance.
Not offended..a paleo diet is obviously what we are supposed to be eating. We dont have a disorder. Whoever came up with the term orthorexia probably works for General Mills, or Hostess or something. I dont like the term paleo too much tough, especially when explaining to others what I eat and why..it kind of makes it sound like we are trying to act like cavemen, and soudns sort of gimicky. And diet makes it seem like any other diet plan that doesn't work, where there is a start and an end, rather than a lifestyle change. I just stick to real foods, and ask the haters at work eating their "healthy choice" microwave meals, how their maltodextrin is..every day..Just to be a jerk
I've always been a picky eater.
I just kept picking different exclusions and combinations until I found one that made me very healthy.
Then I stopped.
Why would we consider this a disease that needs a latinish greekish word???