We have officially gone crazy.
- In Japan, employers are forcing their employees to eat fish sausages, participate in a “lifestyle reform programs,” and attend boot camps designed to reduce the incidence of metabolic disease or metabo.
- Not to be upstaged, the Japanese government has addressed their fat phobia by introducing compulsory ‘fat checks‘ for people over 40 years of age.
It’s not just the Japanese that are panicky about obesity. This article in The Independent brought my attention to all of the medical classifications we now have for obesity and supposedly aberrant eating behaviors. We all know about bulimia and anorexia.
But did you know about the following medical conditions?
- drunkorexia – substituting meals with alcohol
- orthorexia – obsessive healthy eating
- bigorexia – men bingeing on protein for more muscle mass
- Lipophobia – avoidance of fats in food
- Wannarexia – a label applied to someone who claims to have anorexia nervosa, or wishes they did.
- Selective Eating Disorder – avoiding the consumption of certain foods.
- Binge Eating Disorder – eating too much and feeling guilty about it
and my personal favorite
- Rumination – Like a cow, ‘bringing up’ partially digested food and then spitting it out or digesting it.
Or how about:
- Cibophobia, Sitophobia — aversion to food, synonymous to Anorexia nervosa
- Dysmorphophobia, or body dysmorphic disorder — a phobic obsession with a real or imaginary body defect.
Maybe, for simplicity’s sake, we could lump all of these conditions together under one banner:
- Obesophobia – a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of gaining weight
I am not for one second suggesting that people have legitimate mental & physical issues concerning food and their bodies. But, why oh why, does every human peculiarity have to become a syndrome or a condition? Why do we have to be afraid of everything? Why do we have a fat phobia?