'Clean eating' concern

By Ruby Prosser Scully
Medical Observer, October 23, 2014

Really, what in the world is 'clean eating'? Whatever it is, it has taken on a life of its own and in my opinion is wreaking havoc with many people's relationship with food. The following is an excerpt from an article by Ruby Prosser Scully, just published in Medical Observer on-line, featuring the wonderful Fiona Sutherland of Body Positive Australia.

'Clean eating' concern (excerpt)
THE recent ...trend towards 'clean eating' could be cause for concern as experts warn highly restricted diets may trigger full-blown eating disorders.

Clean eating or 'pure' eating is a diet gaining in popularity, and, while there is variation from person to person, it generally revolves around the basic principle of avoiding processed foods and refined grains and sugars.

“Clean eating and super healthy eating is really being promoted in society, but there also seems to be a moralistic element coming in,” said Melbourne dietitian and eating disorder expert Fiona Sutherland, from the therapy provider Body Positive Australia.

While there are plenty of people who could benefit from a “cleaner” diet, it can become a disguise for disordered eating and thinking about food, Ms Sutherland said.

Dr Rick Kausman, an eating behaviour and eating disorder specialist, said that beyond obsessive thinking about raw or whole foods, identifying guilt around deviating from these eating patterns could be a warning sign for more serious issues.

“Guilt is not a healthy thing to have around food,” Dr Kausman said.

While not all people involved in this kind of restrictive diet will go on to develop (serious) problems, Dr Kausman said, there are “a huge number of people who are spending way too much time worrying about what they're eating to the detriment of their general wellbeing and health”.'

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