A medical term for vegetarians
Feb 26, 2009
By Steve Cornett
Those of you who criticize the New York Times should go over to their site and read the story about how damaging dietary fetishes can be. Follow this link to the story.
It’s an uncommonly (these days) common-sense approach to the dangers shouldered by people who approach nutrition with the simplistic “good food, bad food” attitude that leads to goofy things like bulimia, anorexia and other abnormal forms of vegetarianism.
Plus, the article includes a fine new word I hope I can remember: orthorexia, meaning people who starve their foolish selves because they think it is unethical to eat certain things.
To my reading of the word, we no longer need refer to the different species of meat-avoiders as “vegetarian” or “vegan” or “emaciated.” We should just call them orthorexics and refer them to a good counselor for treatment.