Choosing healthy foods now called a mental disorder

By Mike Adams
Natural News

In its never-ending attempt to fabricate “mental disorders” out of every human activity, the psychiatric industry is now pushing the most ridiculous disease they’ve invented yet: Healthy eating disorder. This is no joke: If you focus on eating healthy foods, you’re “mentally diseased” and probably need some sort of chemical treatment involving powerful psychotropic drugs.

The Guardian newspaper reports, “Fixation with healthy eating can be sign of serious psychological disorder” and goes on to claim this “disease” is called orthorexia nervosa — which is basically just Latin for “nervous about correct eating.”

But they can’t just call it “nervous healthy eating disorder” because that doesn’t sound like they know what they’re talking about. So they translate it into Latin where it sounds smart (even though it isn’t). That’s where most disease names come from: Doctors just describe the symptoms they see with a name like osteoporosis (which means “bones with holes in them”).

Getting back to this fabricated “orthorexia” disease, the Guardian goes on to report, “Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out.”

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30 responses to “Choosing healthy foods now called a mental disorder

  1. I sent this round to some friends, ine thought it was a joke, then she wilkied it,
    and yup its listed there so fools will read and believe it.
    its a start to acceptance of it and eventual DSM listing, but hey its ok cos pHarm us companies will have a suitable anti sanity pill soon.
    actually some of the anti deps cause insane appetite and for all the fatty foods, that normally people wouldnt touch.
    a friend gained 15kg! in under 3 months. she was eating cream, by itself, that doesnt sound so odd till you know she normally would have a teaspoon of skim in a cuppa, and never ate any dairy apart from that as it was too rich. massive snack attacks in spite of knowing she wasnt hungry …it seems some of them are really ramping up the craving for milk too, I know 2 bi polar sufferers who have weight issues and drink at least 4 litres of milk a day. plus enourmous amounts of food.
    perfect to sell obesity drugs create diabetics and heart issues etc etc.

    • thx, Oz. you got that right, they are laying the groundwork for prescribing more dangerous drugs.

      heaven forbid we should actually research healthy alternatives to factory food

  2. I have suspected for quite a while that the psychiatric profession is more than a little bit NUTS.

  3. I don’t think psychiatrists are saying that obsessing over healthy eating is the same as healthy eating, any more than they are saying that every dieter is anorexic or every person who washes their hands has obsessive compulsive disorder or every person who drinks wine is an alcoholic.

    Also, you write as though healthy eaters are getting picked on for their choice of food, as though psychiatry doesn’t recognize Binge Eating Disorder or Compulsive Overeating or simply the fact that eating too many unhealthy foods is a recognized sign of depression.

    Recognizing an obsession with something that’s otherwise healthy (for the purpose of being able to treat it) doesn’t mean that psychiatrists are calling you insane for eating healthily anymore than it means that naming anorexia means that psychiatrists are calling you insane for exercising.

    • I’m not so sure about that, Cathy. While your thinking seems reasonable, and I do not doubt that mental illness can take many forms, the way these shrinks (who are tied to Big Pharma) describe the disease is awfully suspicious.

      This from the Guardian article referenced in Mike’s piece above http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/aug/16/orthorexia-mental-health-eating-disorder:

      “Those most susceptible are middle-class, well-educated people who read about food scares in the papers, research them on the internet, and have the time and money to source what they believe to be purer alternatives.”

      They are clearly targetting those who would be most informed about how awful is our food. People who research healthy alternatives? gimme a break.

      Then this:

      “Deanne Jade, founder of the National Centre for Eating Disorders, said: ‘There is a fine line between people who think they are taking care of themselves by manipulating their diet and those who have orthorexia. I see people around me who have no idea they have this disorder. I see it in my practice and I see it among my friends and colleagues.'”

      Seriously? She sees orthorexia everywhere!

      Methinks the psychiatric industry suffers from OCD – an obsessive, compulsive drive to label as many behaviors as possible as sick, in need of psychiatric care and psychiatric drugs.

      OCD Greed

      • You definitely have a point that seeing it everywhere seems excessive. I think there’s a definite trend toward eating better and that some people adopt it because it’s trendy. I find that annoying when I have friends who are honestly and sincerely dedicated to eating in alignment with their beliefs, but calling it a mental disorder is silly.

  4. Let’s face it: with the legislative threat to organic foods and supplements, there has to be some sort of psychiatric-political statement that “justifies” making the Organic Label irrelevant and food supplements “dangerous” to health. This is psychiatry’s kissing the patooty of Fascist-BigFarmer hegemony and corporate dictatorship.

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  6. Proud to have this disease? and really, the only thing that dis – eases me is that it is not easier to choose in supermarkets etc what I would choose to eat….
    It took me a long time to accept that *I* am not “weird” for not eating processed or non-organic foods. Weird is complaining that you’re overweight, your knees hurt and you’re out of breath while stepping out of your car, ugh.

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  10. I guess they will start to say that the Jewish people are Orthorexics because of their dietary restrictions and not touching certain foods.
    Your right, just the statement “Those most susceptible are middle-class, well-educated people who read about food scares in the papers, research them on the internet, and have the time and money to source what they believe to be purer alternatives.” – made me laugh.

  11. I think the author is exaggerating quite a bit. There are folks who truly obsess over every grain that they put in their mouths to a VERY unhealthy degree. This does not include those of us who care deeply about eating only whole
    foods which are pesticide free,etc as the author suggests. This diagnosis applies to people whose sole focus in their lives becomes documenting every calorie, nutrient and mineral until they are so afraid to eat anything that they are in danger of starving themselves. For people who truly have this problem, it is
    life-threatening. It is not a conspiracy to label those of you who care about what you eat with a mental illness. A little more understanding and a little less self righteous indignation may be in order.

  12. The legislation being considered makes it virtually impossible for those people who are aware and sensible to DISCERN what healthy food is and unhealthy food is. And the psychiatric over-reaction to peoples’ fears about food FEEDS the legislative frenzy, to take away the power to make informed choices AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC.

    Please leave your self-serving perspective just long enough to see what Congress is planning to do to the Organic food market and food supplement market.

    Being a self-serving profession blind to public issues and pending legislation does not serve the psychiatric profession very well. It makes you guys look like dupes of Big Farma and Big Pharma.

  13. First we are told to eat healthy and make healthy food choice’s as kids now we are told that it’s a “mental illness” which is it you can’t have both.

    Besides you can still have your organic,non GMO, contains no gluten, dye free perservitive free,
    cake and eat too.
    Cheers to Healthy foods

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  16. Maybe you have to BE crazy to actually relate to other crazy people, I dunno.

  17. Addictive people have an incredible ability to turn almost anything into an obsession or addiction. Why should healthy food be exempt from the list? The important question to ask: Is your diet affecting your life in adverse ways? Not going to dinner with friends because you can’t get healthy foods? Making people angry because you keep lecturing them about eating healthy food? …something like that. Its just common sense. Or do you have some bias that healthy eaters are superior to other people and can’t possibly have personality problems?

  18. Rady,

    Thanks so much for re-sending this to me

    I like it more and more every time I read it

    The people writing this psychiatric garbage are beyond sick. And they are the “experts” in mental health. Feh

  19. That little word, “Feh,” says VOLUMES about how you feel about this.

    I couldn’t agree more. Feh.

  20. What?!

    There’s now something wrong with choosing to have a healthier lifestyle by eating healthy food?

  21. Psychiatry PROFITS its members by creating new disorders.

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  23. I think what they are referring to here is when people try to be healthy 100% of the time. It’s impossible to be healthy all the time unless you are super rich or have lots of free time. Which restaurant has cheap organic food? How many fast food restaurants offer healthy vegetarian options?
    The point is not that people who focus on eating healthy have mental problems, but people who focus on eating healthy ALL THE TIME have mental problems.

  24. The popularity of this subject in recent years has created a few experts. You seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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