Eat your way out of an eating disorder

Sometimes outrage can be just plain goofy.

Last summer I received this note from HSI Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D., “I thought this was April Fool’s in August, but these morons are serious (I think) about this ‘serious’ disorder.”

The disorder is orthorexia nervosa, described as an obsession with healthy eating.

That sounds potentially serious, unless you’re aware of one little detail: Just a few years ago there was no such thing as orthorexia nervosa. That’s because it’s a completely made up disorder, which should be called by its true name: obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Food just happens to be the obsession.

In 1997, Steven Bratman, M.D., coined the term orthorexia nervosa to describe a “pathological fixation on eating proper food.” And, yeah, it just so happens that Dr. Bratman has a book to sell, titled “Health Food Junkies.”

But the best part is the unintentionally hilarious subtitle of his book: “Orthorexia Nervosa: Overcoming the Obsession with Healthful Eating.”

That’s right: Eat your way out of an eating disorder!

To Your Good Health,

Jenny Thompson