I agree that it's an eating disorder, and somewhat separate from anorexia. They have very different roots, after all - one is based in fear of being fat, and one is based in fear of food contamination or safety or future disease. So with anorexia, a primary goal of treatment is to try to normalize body image (so that the patient sees their body as it actually is, not as their warped body image suggests), and with orthorexia, the primary treatment goal is to normalize food perception (so that the patient sees foods as they actually are, not as their food phobias suggest)
I wouldn't say that at the end of the article she was really extolling the virtues of pop tarts. She was more saying "There is no reason to be afraid of Pop-tarts". People with orthorexia tend to have irrational phobias of foods (if I eat this ONE POP TART I will permanently damage my arteries), which cause them to avoid eating most foods altogether. It's not the pop-tarts are GOOD or virtuous...it's that they're not inherently evil or fatally damaging in small doses.
Goal Met - 10/28/07
- My Progress Picture Collage - My Goal Story
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No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!
Maintained Oct 2007-Sept 2011, then got pregnant. Our baby boy was born in May, 2012...now to lose the baby weight!!