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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 01:46 PM
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38. This is incredibly misleading...
No one thinks that healthy eating is a mental illness, any more than it is a mental illness to take healthy precautions against infections, or to lock the door at night. But if you are so afraid of infection that you have to wash your hands every few minutes, and avoid ordinary social contact in case someone gives you germs; or if you can't sleep at night because you have to check fifty times repeatedly whether you have locked the door - then you have a problem. The same may go for people who are obsessively anxious about eating and food. And just as some people become malnourished because of an obsessive fear of weight gain, some may become malnourished because of an obsessive fear of eating the wrong foods.

The recognition of anorexia as a medical problem does not mean that people are recommended to stuff themselves without limit on fattening food; similarly, the existence of people who are obsessively anxious about healthy eating does not mean that anyone is recommending a steady diet of junk food.

And recognition of damaging obsessions and phobias does not necessarily mean giving people 'powerful psychotropic drugs'; such problems can often be effectively treated through cognitive behaviour therapy.
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