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hi JAZ I agree you can't be to healthy. I would be obsessive over my health rather than other things like booze or gambling. I liked his statement that it is good to share food with friends even if it is the wrong kind, but that has to be limited. That is my problem, limiting it, that is why I can't break the rules. but I try not to beat up on my self when I do
Thanks Mike! Very interesting! Just goes to show that any extreme is not good - and that extremes exist in all avenues of life.
One thing that cannot be denied is that a health, well-rounded diet is beneficial for a human being. Of course, some people go too far. Everything in moderation!
Naturopathic and Conventional medicine do not need to be mutually exclusive... this is what I have never understood - why are they at such war (well, some conspiracy theorists have their answers... but this is another post all together!)
One segment that bothers me from the article is:
Orthorexia begins innocently enough, as a desire to overcome chronic illness or to improve general health. But because it requires considerable willpower to adopt a diet which differs radically from the food habits of childhood and the surrounding culture, few accomplish the change gracefully. Most must resort to an iron self-discipline bolstered by a hefty sense of superiority over those who eat junk food.
Wait... sure it takes willpower, but a deep routed superiority complex? A little judgemental?
Anyway, the article takes the stand that orthorexia is some sort of delusional choice... and while this might be true, most research has shown that orthorexia is a control/mental based disease very similar to anorexia - sure leading to delusion but on a totally different psychological mechanism.
I personally believe/know that a healthy diet is truly good for your body - the healthier the better! Can you be TOO HEALTHY?
No, you can't - because as soon as your diet/lifestyle begins to negatively affect you, your body, etc... it is NO longer healthy.
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