I am confused about orthorexia...Watch
I have a very skewed view on 'health' since my ED. I was aware I had a different way of seeing food than people who weren't suffering. But now I see all these online fitness gurus, celebrities, even my friends who have to have ½ an avocado on wholemeal toast with their detoxing lemon water every morning, and I am just wondering if anyone else feels our entire culture is a little bit orthorexic?
except when my mum does it that bothers me because she won't leave me alone with her fake science
I think "a bit orthorexic" isn't the correct way to describe this phenomenon, in the same way that we wouldn't call the obsession with thinness seen in the nineties 'a bit anorexic'. Orthorexia is an obsession with healthy eating that transcends choice. It's usually very restrictive, but the end focus is on the supposed health benefits that the lifestyle brings rather than weight. Sufferers often spend a lot of time researching diets and theories of eating, then combine them with others and adjust them to their own view. While technically not recognised as a specific eating disorder, it does come under the catch-all term of disordered eating and is a serious condition.
In relation to modern culture, I think there are social media celebrities who are suffering from orthorexia and selling it as wellness. In fact, some have come out about their condition and admitted that their previous few years of restrictive eating and obsessive exercise were symptoms of sickness, not the wellness.
But there are plenty of people who just live extremely healthy lives without it being an eating disorder. One example I read in a medical journal on this topic is raw food veganism. Followers of this diet believe that cooking food destroys nutrients and so they avoid it as much as possible. They'rechoosing to follow a very strict regime and therein lies the difference - choice.
To answer your question, I think wellness is in fashion at the moment, not orthorexia.
Orthorexia is a relatively new term still so I'm not totally sure what classifies as orthorexia as there is a huge scale of eating healthily from eliminating fizzy drinks and fast food right up to raw veganism and everything in between. My biggest issue with the 'healthy eating' movement is how people use gluten or dairy free to equal a healthy product when unless someone has an intolerance or sensitivity to those foods, eliminating them will not make them healthier! (trying not to rant, going off topic, sorry).
But like someone else compared the current movement to 90s thinness, women in the nineties possibly thought they 'should' to be thin, or that thin was the most attractive look. But for most it wasn't an unhealthy obsession that caused them to be anorexic or develop other eating disorders. Like currently I think many people might think 'ooh I need to eat healthier and do detoxes' etc, but for most it's something they try and either don't stick with or they find a balanced way of eating all sorts of foods.