It was bound to happen.
People everywhere have been choosing to be healthy. They’ve been choosing not to buy the extremely unhealthy food offered by fast food restaurants and packaged foods. The problem is serious. By not buying unhealthy food, companies everywhere are losing money.
In response, psychiatry has green lighted a public relations operation aimed to create awareness about the government’s new favourite buzzword “Orthorexia nervosa,” which they’re defining as “a pathological obsession for biologically pure and healthy nutrition.” What this means is that people are labelling healthy, conscious eaters as mentally ill.
If you consciously choose to eat healthy food instead of the pre-packaged crap that will kill you, you are now officially considered mentally ill.
I wish this were a joke. But recently we’ve seen CNN, Fast Company, Popular Science, and other outlets trumpeting this new buzzword.
“Orthorexia nervosa is a label designated to those who are concerned about eating healthy. Characterized by disordered eating fueled by a desire for “clean” or “healthy” foods, those diagnosed with the condition are overly pre-occupied with the nutritional makeup of what they eat”.
What this means is that if you choose to not eat low quality, carb-heavy, chemically unstable food that causes cancer and death… if you choose not to support those companies that make billions by selling foods that cause cancer… if you choose to live healthily, you’re now considered mentally ill.
So, hands up all of us who are mentally ill, because apparently I now am, and mostly probably you are too.
But it gets better. Because if you happen to be diagnosed as having orthorexia nervosa, you’ll be prescribed toxic drugs from those conglomerate pharmaceutical corporations that you’re so desperately trying to avoid.
The picture seems perfectly, terrifyingly clear. Either you’re going to voluntarily ingest chemicals by eating unhealthy food, or you’ll be forced to ingest chemicals by being prescribed drugs.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the psychiatric bible) has yet to include orthorexia, but they are close to doing so. Now it seems logical to step back and ask yourself, “What sort of person would do this?” Who are these psychiatrists forcing these labels on us?
Psychiatry is very much in bed with the pharmaceutical industry. Heck, it’s the pharmaceutical industry that pays for psychiatrists. Pharmaceutical companies are behind the scenes mastering the entire ordeal in order to force their newly developed medicines on people. This latest media push to popularize orthorexia as a mental disorder is squarely aimed at marginalising and derailing the food revolution.
People continue to walk out of their abusive relationship to unhealthy food, but the food manufacturers are doing everything to maintain their tight grasp on the people. Organic and non-GMO food markets are taking off and capturing an ever expanding section of the market. Their threat to the establishment is very real. The response from the pharmaceutical industry and food chains is clear, they are willing to go to any means to maintain their control over the people. It’s not a coincidence that Orhorexia Nervosa is being coined while McDonalds’ shares are plummetting.
There has been some who have vocalised the idea that some people truly do take healthy eating to a level of mental illness. Some people are obsessed with healthy eating. Perhaps that is true. But is an illness aimed at self betterment an illness at all? Is an individual who is obsessed with making themselves healthy mentally unwell? Perhaps they’re simply more conscious, more awake, than the average individual. Perhaps they’re leading the revolution. Perhaps they are the ones we should follow, not the ones we should slap a “Mental Illness” label on simply because they refuse to support corrupt corporations. Perhaps the real mentally ill are those who value money ahead of the health of their fellow human being.