I'm definitely not posting this to be light on a serious subject, but I'm posting it because if I have a problem, I'd like to fix it. (Side note: recovered bulimic here)
Have you heard of Orthorexia? Some highlights below. I fail the test below also. If you fail the test, do you think we have an issue, or do you think we just care about being healthy - and in a society that doesn't care - we suffer some "consequences"?
I got to thinking about this because I'm going out of town with my fiance this weekend which means eating out for meals and literally, when I think about eating out all weekend, I get flushed and anxious. I just like having control and cooking at home (eating out maybe once week for a date or something special). Do you get the same way or should I just chill out? I really don't know how to act, I feel like my relationship with food is somewhat distorted.
Orthorexic subjects typically have specific feelings towards different types of food. The obsession for healthy foods could come from a number of sources such as family habits, society trends, economic problems, recent illness, or even just hearing something negative about a food type or group, which then leads them to ultimately eliminate the food or foods from their diet.
Do they spend more than 3 hours a day thinking about healthy foods?
When they eat the way they're supposed to, do they feel in total control?
Are they planning tomorrow's menu today?
Has the quality of their life decreased as the quality of their diet increased?
Have they become stricter with themselves?
Does their self-esteem get a boost from eating healthy?
Do they look down on others who don't eat this way?
Do they skip foods they once enjoyed in order to eat the "right" foods?
Does their diet make it difficult for them to eat anywhere but at home, distancing them from family and friends?
Do they feel guilt or self-loathing when they stray from their diet?
If yes was answered to two or more questions, the person may have a mild case of orthorexia.
Orthorexia nervosa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia