It's definitely about people that are obsessed. Here are questions I found on Wikipedia - if you answer yes to 2 or more you would be considered as having it:
Bratman proposes an initial self-test composed of two direct questions:
"Do you care more about the virtue of what you eat than the pleasure you receive from eating it?
Me I love to eat so a big no
Does your diet socially isolate you?"
That's interesting because as a vegan lots of times I am eating something different, however, I'm not socially isolated so I assume this for people that won't leave their homes or chose not to eat with friends?
So according to this Bratman guy we are mostly pretty OK BUT "Other questions concerning those who may be suffering from orthorexia provided by Davis on the WebMD (2000) website are:"
Do they spend more than 3 hours a day thinking about healthy foods?
I can spend hours thinking about my guac - that's healthy
When they eat the way they're supposed to, do they feel in total control?
It feels good to eat right, maybe also in control
Are they planning tomorrow's menu today?
Sure - that's one of the best ways to lose weight and manage a family, plan out your meals in advance
Has the quality of their life decreased as the quality of their diet increased?
This is where the obsession comes in - losing social connections
Have they become stricter with themselves?
Well yes and no, if you are restricting certain foods (like processed)because you don't want them in your body that can be positive. But I can see where it can become over the top
Does their self-esteem get a boost from eating healthy?
This is one is a silly one. You eat healthy you become healthier you feel good about yourself. There's nothing wrong with that.
Do they look down on others who don't eat this way?
Well come on, just the people that eat Lean Cuisine...
Do they skip foods they once enjoyed in order to eat the "right" foods?
Yes a lot of us gave up the crap we loved to eat the right food. Like skipping the daily ice cream probably helps people
Does their diet make it difficult for them to eat anywhere but at home, distancing them from family and friends?
This one can be valid if the person is obsessed
Do they feel guilt or self-loathing when you stray from their diet?
LOL yes when I eat an entire bag of tortilla chips, organic or not, I feel guilty
"If yes was answered to two or more questions, the person may have a mild case of orthorexia"
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