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Being a strict dieter doesn't make you CRAZY

Updated: Oct 16, 2018

Shopping carefully? Really scoping those ingredients? Do you follow health bloggers? Are you removing whole food groups from your diet? I do, I did, I WILL, and NO, I AM NOT "ORTHOREXIC."

Orthorexia nervosa, a clinical cousin of anorexia nervosa, rears its head in the popular press from time to time. Typically a dietitian (ask yourself why dietitians exist...shouldn't doctors know this stuff?) will run an article in your local paper or news site about the dangers of obsessive dieting.

True obsessive behavior is bad news--but if you aren't careful, your diligent pursuit of a strict Paleo (or vegetarian or vegan or even "carnivore") diet might get you confused with someone who has real issues. Worse yet, YOU might get confused and seek treatment where none is needed.

Please read my guest post at Dr. Loren Cordain's website, which delves into the background and details of orthorexia nervosa, and why Paleo dieters aren't crazy.

And don't forget:

DAVID WHITESIDE IS NOT A DOCTOR and does not give medical advice or treatment. He offers information and personal experience only. Nothing you read on this website or blog should be construed as medical advice or as intended to supersede information you get from your medical professional. Following the advice given here or on any recommended resource site does not create a doctor-patient relationship or create liability for David or anyone else. David is not liable for any loss or complication you experience from following any diet or taking any action. You should check with your properly accredited medical professional if you think you are injured or ill.

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