Why eating healthily can be bad for you
I’m what you might call a fussy eater. I’m a vegetarian who doesn’t like vegetables. I eat cauliflower – as long as it’s smothered in cheese – but won’t touch carrots, beans or most things that are green.
I’m not overly fond of rice, noodles or salads. I don’t like anything spicy, mushy or covered in sauce. In fact, I’m a pizzarian. Give me a thin crust, wood-fired margherita pizza and I’m the happiest woman around. I could eat it every day – but I don’t – and I force myself to eat those dreaded salads to keep myself vaguely healthy.
I’ve always been embarrassed about my fussy diet – until I read our report on page 18 about the latest eating disorder, orthorexia nervosa. This is when eating healthily spirals out of control and becomes a full-blown obsession that is distinctly unhealthy.
Sufferers start off with good intentions, perhaps deciding to go gluten-free and eschewing anything that’s not organic. But pretty soon they’ve banned nearly every food group from their diet, until they’re eating only raw broccoli five times a day. It’s a disorder that is on the rise globally and it can cause untold mental anguish – imagine spending three hours a day just thinking about the food you can’t eat and more time planning your macrobiotic or sproutarian meals – and can even prove fatal. Until next week,