Archive | October 2012

Orthorexia Nervosa

Nowadays nutritionists and psychologists talk about new eating disorder more and more often. The wish to consume only healthy and nutritious products is likely to turn into a real obsession. The excessive concern about healthy eating has received the name “orthorexia”, which is originated from the Greek root “ortho” meaning “right” or “normal”. This term was introduced by Steven Bratman. He wrote a book about the health nutrition addiction. Being a doctor he still was subjected to this problem and had undergone all the tortures of orthorexia. His book “Health Food Junkies: Orthorexia Nervosa: Overcoming the Obsession with Healthful Eating” tell us a real story of a person who finally has managed to cope with his eating disorder. In 70s Steven Bratman founded a community for those who wished to consume only organic food. The basis of their meals was constituted by fresh fruit and vegetables which were grown by the members of this community. These people didn’t consume meat of fish and were to chew each bite of food for no less than 50 times. Gradually the rules became more and more strict. As a result Steven Bratman was mentally and physically exhausted. Luckily he met a monk who explained him the difference between healthy and extreme eating and convinced him that fanaticism and healthy living are not one and the same thing.

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