Like any eating disorder, I'm sure there is a contuum, where you may have a trait or two of the disorder, but not actually qualify as being diagnosed with the disease. Almost everyone gets depressed at one time or another, but it doesn't mean they have depression. I would look at this that way. It may be appropriate and healthy to care about putting healthy foods into your body, when it becomes a problem or a disroder is when it takes over your life, and you no longer get any pleasure from eating. That to me is the difference. I try to eat healthy for the most part, but I'm not avoiding situations where the food choices are difficult. I can't say that has always been true, and I may tend to fall into some kind of disordered eating at times, but for the most part I try to eat very healthy when I can, and make the best choice possible at other times, and every once in a while, I just go for the most pleasurable choice, even thought it isn't so healthy!
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OK, so I googled "orthorexia self-test" and found this: http://www.metroactive.com/papers/metro/08 .02.01/eating3-0131.html
I scored 5 of 10, but seriously, I care a lot about clean eating. I don't eat junk, but I think the questions are a little easy to score positive. For example: *Do you care more about the virtue of what you eat than the pleasure you receive from eating it?
Uhm, yes. That's called maturity.
*Do you keep getting stricter with yourself?
Yep, the more I learn, the better I eat.
*Do you feel an increased sense of self-esteem when you are eating healthy food? Do you look down on others who don't?
Yes, I feel better when I eat better.
Anyhow, so by this author's definition, I'd have a serious disorder. Having been eating disordered for years, I can say honestly say that I don't have a problem now.
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I kinda wish I had that LOL..i LOVE cake ha ha! And while I don't EAT cake alot (I can't or i'd be huge!) if i'm at a party, I have cake LOL...and according to that article I guess that person would NEVER have cake!! I will admit though I used to be VERY carbophobic! So I can see how things can get out of control. I went on the Atkins a few years back and it worked so I became very carbophobic...I even cried when I ACCIDENTALLY ate ONE crouton in a salad!! Seriously LOL...well I got OVER it...no longer carbophobic!! HA!!
Well from the article it seems this "disorder" is very extreme. I mean, I like eat well because it makes me feel good but I will drink regular tap water without thinking twice. But I do think it's good for someone to treat their body well and not a "disorder".
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Trudat-fitmom. We cannot claim every sickness and disease. I trust God with my health and body and try to make healthier choices and do some form of exercise. I leave the rest in Gods hands. He will take care of me.
I think it's an interesting attempt to say someone has a disorder just because they decide not to defile their bodies. Next thing you know there will be treatment centers that decide they will force feed chocolate and cakes to "heal" you.
As long as you eat well (clean) and know that you are eating to keep yourself healthy I don't see a problem in that. Anything can become an issue when it takes over your life having precidence and superiority and the rest of your life shuts down . Just my take on it though.
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Hey clean eaters. I was just wondering if we have any orthorexics in the group, or what everyone knows about it. It's a relatively unknown disorder, so I've never really talked to anyone about it. I'll add a link to an informational site, for those who are unfamiliar with the term or the actual concept.
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