Ongoing coverage of orthorexia — an obsession with eating only healthy or "pure" foods — illustrates how much we still suck at talking about eating disorders.
As with pretty much every eating disorder trend piece ever, Time's "Orthorexia: Can Healthy Eating Be a Disorder?" starts by profiling a young woman and how little she eats. Writer Bonnie Rochman details orthorexic Kristie Rutzel's "strict raw-foods diet" and — as is de rigueur — gives us the chillingly low weight she hit before seeking help. Rutzel's suffering was real, but Rochman's treatment of it is a little tired, not to mention triggering. She approaches her subject seriously, but coverage of "new" eating disorders (pregorexia, drunkorexia) can make them sound sort of like fads. As Jezebel's Jennifer once wrote, "Anorexia is out and orthorexia is in."