Orthorexia: Food Babe’s eating disorder

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“There is just no acceptable level of any chemical to ingest, ever.” – Vani Hari A.K.A. Food Babe

Everything is made from chemicals, but Food Babe wants to spread fear of “toxins” and lead her legions towards an eating disorder. She’s anti-GMO, anti-chemical, anti-flu shot, and pro-orthorexia. And that’s just barely scratching the surface.

Last fall I spoke with a couple of eating disorder doctors (for this NPR article) who both explained that eating disorders have seen a shocking increase in recent decades due to a rise in obesity rates coupled with an explosion of fad diets. What used to be primarily a condition that afflicted young, Caucasian women has spread across genders, ages, race and socio-economic status. Many begin with an honest desire to lose weight, be healthier, get in shape etc., but get sucked down a rabbit hole of misinformation and fear that creates an obsession of eating only the “right” foods and avoiding the “wrong” ones. Both of these doctors agreed that, although not in the DSM-5, “orthorexia” is a legitimate lay term to describe a very real condition: an obsession with “clean” eating.

Related article:  When GMO critics use scare tactics, ask what they're selling

Food Babe has become the poster child for orthorexia, and she’s making a lot of money from it.

Read about how the Food Babe’s new book contains many passages that are highly similar to messages found on a pro-anorexia site.

Read full, original blog: Which is worse: Food Babe or food poisoning?

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