HEALTHY LIVING

Orthorexia: How Healthy Is Too Healthy?

08/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Since writing about Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food", I have been thinking about a point he explores in his book and I only touched on in my last post: the idea of Orthorexia, that is, an obsession with being healthy. Coined by Stevan Bratman, MD, in 1997, the term stems from the greek worth ortho meaning straight and correct. As stated in an article by ABC News, Anorexics seem to always think they're fat, but orthorexics know they're thin, but they want to be pure."

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