Recently I spoke to a writer who was investigating the phenomenon of orthorexia for a piece in Men’s Health magazine. The result of Dan’s work was a thought-provoking, carefully framed read. It managed not to make it sound as if any man who takes care of himself by maintaining a healthy diet is an obsessive, unhealthy person who has a clinical issue. This is something that can sometimes happens when we explore newer conceptualisations of men’s problems with food and eating.
Instead, reading it highlights what problems men can experience if our unrelenting societal messages are internalised so deeply, in such a skewed fashion, that trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle through diet takes over our lives, dominates our waking moments and – what is so rarely understood – leads to the very opposite of good health: malnutrition.
If you have chance, take a look.