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by Michael Arnstein

Thu, 07/22/2010

Fruitarianism is NOT an Eating Disorder

Wikipedia gives the following definition of Eating Disorders: Eating disorders are a group of conditions characterized by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual's physical and emotional health. Insufficient food intake usually manifests as calorie restrictive diets (anorexia), and excessive food intake -- as uncontrollable binges often followed by self-induced vomiting (bulimia). These people either are not able to stop eating foods they are addicted to or they are afraid to eat any food. But I also believe that anyone who is eating foods that are clearly harmful for their health, anyone who eats for the brief pleasure of their tastebuds with disregard to long term ill consequences – has an eating disorder. Fruitarianim is based on how all animals eat in their natural habitat: raw, unprocessed, species specific foods, one type of food at a time, when hungry until full, and whatever is in season, what is available, what is easy to get. I eat for health and by default my body maintains a healthy body weight. I eat until I am satisfied. And I eat for pleasure -- I love fruit. I believe I have a very natural and healthy relationship with food. If you try Fruitarianism – you will clearly see how many people in our society actually have an eating disorder, and perhaps, you will be a little sad to see how disorderly your own pattern of eating used to be.

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