being vegan also tends to get called orthorexia. i call it BS, personally.
There are eating disorders, to be sure, that cause great pain to people. But I don't think that having ethics or standards with regards to food is pathological.
You might want to read more about eating disorders. From the great stable floor of the internet, Wikipedia:
Although Orthorexia is not an recognized as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, and it is not listed in the DSM-IV or planned to be included in the DSM-V to be published May 2013, it is still used as a diagnosis by some practitioners who have documented the damaging results of the condition as they have seen in their practices.
As of January 2007, only two peer-reviewed studies have been published on the alleged condition. In the studies, Donini et al. define orthorexia nervosa as a "maniacal obsession for healthy foods" and propose several diagnostic criteria. Sufferers of orthorexia often display symptoms consistent with obsessive-compulsive disorder and have an exaggerated concern with healthy eating patterns. Like anorexia, however, these obsessive compulsive symptoms may be an effect of starvation rather than a cause of the disorder. A diagnostic questionnaire has been developed for orthorexia sufferers, similar to questionnaires for other eating disorders. 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?... Does your diet socially isolate you?" 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? 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.[1
if you are using this word as a description of a type of legitimate eating disorder, then great. the word seems to have been coined to talk smack about raw foodists and vegans. To be sure there are raw foodies with eating disorders- there are also omnivores with eating disorders too. But it's a bit much to paint us all as people with eating disorders just because we like to eat raw food.
and it looks like this isn't the first time we've seen this here.... http://www.rawfreedomcommunity.info/forum/showthread.php?t=6239
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