Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ever met an "orthorexic?"

A NY Times article today (link below) described a condition labeled "orthorexia" by Dr. Steve Bratman. According to Dr. Bratman, people with this condition display an obsession with health food and are fixated on "righteous eating." Although this diagnosis has not been established in the medical community, the article also described anecdotal evidence for an increase in children seen by mental health professionals who are displaying anxiety about eating "bad" foods. This highlights how important it is to be carefully balanced in the way we present information - intentionally or unintentionally - about food to our children. If we want our children to develop a healthy relationship with food, we should be mindful of the choices we make when we talk about what we or they eat.

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