Orthorexia: Do you suffer from it?
There is always a new condition from which people need to be rescued, and the professionals in the medical profession are more than willing to lend a hand to find these new conditions. After all, you and me couldn’t even understand what could potentially be wrong with us if a doctor doesn’t tell us about it.
The newest eating disorder that some people are suffering from is called ‘orthorexia’. Orthorexia sufferers may start by eliminating processed foods, artificial food flavoring or coloring, and even food that could have come in contact with pesticides. But it gets worse–those suffering from orthorexia may also stop caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and salt intake.
This is horrible news! Just as we as a society are gaining control over restless leg syndrome this comes along. By eliminating processed foods and artificial flavors and colors from their diet, those afflicted with this condition could suffer unspeakable consequences. This is why the new condition, orthorexia, has been recognized by therapists as a potentially big problem which can create not only health consequences (becoming more healthy) but also social ones (which pretty much means orthorexics would avoid eating with people who insist on gorging themselves on process foods and corn syrup).
For now the treatment for this condition is cognitive behavioral therapy, but hopefully in the near future there will be a drug that can make this horrible compulsion go away.
To learn more about orthorexia nervosa please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthorexia_nervosa