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18 February 2015 - Globalresearch - Officials Declare ‘Eating Healthy’ a Mental Disorder

Jefferey Jaxen

In an attempt to curb the mass rush for food change and reform, psychiatry has green lighted a public relations push to spread awareness about their new buzzword “orthorexia nervosa,” defined as “a pathological obsession for biologically pure and healthy nutrition.” In other words, experts are saying that our demand for nutrient-dense, healthful food is a mental disorder that must be treated.


One could be forgiven for thinking that it's April Fool's Day when news articles appear claiming that choosing to eat healthily (FAB subscribes to the campaign to save the adverb) might actually get you a psychiatric diagnosis!
Obviously, any behaviour if taken to obsessional or otherwise self-damaging extremes may be justifiably labelled as pathological. But if - as the author of this article maintains - increasing media coverage of 'orthorexia nervosa' really is down to the latest PR campaign by big pharmaceutical companies and their 'bedfellows' in psychiatry, then it's surely one the world can well do without.

Fortunately, an increasing number of psychiatrists DO in fact appreciate that nutrition is as critical for mental health as it is for physical health - as shown by a recent groundbreaking Lancet article from some of them, emphasising that nutritional medicine should form part of the mainstream in psychiatry. See: Sarris et al., 2015 - Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry  Open-access, that paper deserves rather more media attention than new diagnoses like 'orthorexia'.

'Orthorexia nervosa is a label designated to those who are concerned about eating healthy. Characterized by disordered eating fueled by a desire for “clean” or “healthy” foods, those diagnosed with the condition are overly pre-occupied with the nutritional makeup of what they eat'.

In short, if you turn your back on low quality, corporate food containing known cancer causing toxic additives and a rich history of dishonesty rooted in a continuous “profits over people” modus operandi, then you may suffer from a mental illness. The cherry on top is that if you have the pseudo-science labeled disorder of orthorexia nervosa, you will be prescribed known toxic, pharmaceutical drugs from some of the same conglomerate corporations that you are trying to avoid by eating healthy in the first place.

Orthorexia has not yet found its way into the latest edition of the psychiatric bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), yet is commonly being lumped in with other eating disorders. Stepping back and looking at the ones pushing this label on us shows highly questionable motives.

Psychiatry as a whole is deeply in bed with a pharmaceutical industry that makes the drugs to “treat” every one of these “disorders.” It is often these companies that are wielding influence behind the scenes to invent more mental health categories with their toxic products as the answer. This latest media push to popularize orthorexia as a mental disorder with a goal to marginalize or derail the food revolution appears to have been dead on arrival.