September 10, 2008

Xtreme Food Issues

In the past week or so I stumbled on these two news articles, each talking about two ends of the food spectrum. On one hand we have citizens of Los Angeles outraged because the government has taken a small step towards bringing more healthy food options to the fast food filled area. What a bunch of jerks, right? On the other hand we have folks talking about orthorexia, an ironic disease where healthy eating become a dangerous eating disorder in and of itself.


I should mention that I got the link to the LA article from Kathryn at Limes & Lycopene. Thanks Kathryn!


Ingrid said...

Great post Michelle! I'm sighing with you and shaking my head. It is clearly not in the best interest of any persons health if we only have fast food to turn to for a meal.

Orthorexia? This is the first time I’ve heard the term but not the first time I’ve heard about people stressing over healthy foods.

On the subject of kiwifruit ~ let me know when and if you bite into the whole thing. I'd love to know what you think.

Jenn said...

LOL. Isn't that the truth?

I just follow the rule of moderation. Doing too much of anything isn't good for you. :)

The Cooking Lady said...

I read both articles and I can agree with so many points.

Do you see McDonaleds in Beverly Hills, or the Hamptons? Why not? Becuase they know it would never be allowed. Sad but true, there are more knowledgable people in the 6 figure bracket, it is a sad fact of life.

And why do some people know when enough is enough, on either side of the food scale. I know when I have eaten too much(We don't do fast food and we don't eat out) and to push myself away from the table. And I know if I am going to thee other extreme as well.

My daughter is a lacto-ovo vegetarian and she has a lot of difficulty fitting in at most homes, when it comes to meal time. that is why we call ahead and ask. As rude as it may be, I need to know my daughter will be eating more than just carrot sticks.

But why is it that all these fast food joints are going into poorer sections of anytown USA? Because they cater to the people who are picking through the sofa cushions to find enough change and then be able to run to the local fast food joint and get their dollar burger.

Why not go the few extra steps...literally(Which would be good for the waistline) and go into the grocery store and buy an apple and a banana? Because these food chains are making it super affordable(But at what cost) and super convenient).

I need to go blog about this. Thanks for the great read.

laurie asmus said...

I had never heard of orthorexia before, but I think I have a problem with the terminology. Ortho means right/orthodox, and orexia means desire/appetite. I guess it refers to an obsessive amount of orthodox appetite to the point of disorder, but still, it seems like it would be a phobia word. Then it would more accurately describe a highly individualized emotional affliction rather than a consequence of a lifestyle conviction.