So, I was reading an old post by Kate Taylor on Slate
from 2007 where she compares people who practice a "CR" (Calorie Restricted) diet to those who suffer from Anorexia. The acquaintances she interviews swear by their CR diets, but both are affected very differently by the diet. One guy seems okay, satisfied with his life, etc. He says that the benefits of his diet are the affects on his libido and brain function. He is less selfish, calmer, and has a lower libido, allowing him to be able to focus on other things. The other person, after practicing a CR lifestyle for a while ends up taking it too far and weighs a mere 94 lbs at 5'4. He used to be 5'11 until he got spinal stenosis which compressed his spine. That's 7 inches!
He admits that he took it too far, yet still believes a CR diet is the way to go.
Highly calorie restricted diets and Anorexia might have a little too much in common. CRers believe that they are doing something healthy for themselves, that the lifestyle will lead them to happier, more fulfilled life, but often-times Anorexics have the same belief. The two groups, if we should even separate them, can and have proven to have detrimental results, so why are CR diets sometimes (especially of result) applauded by some doctors/scientists while Anorexia will confidently be seen as bad, unhealthy, and sick?
I suppose it all depends on how far you take it and what people believe your motives are.
How much restriction is too much though? Some scientists believe calorie restricted diets are better for us and will help us live longer, but is developing a psychological disorder such as Anorexia, along with other mental and physical issues that come along with starvation inevitable-- Is it worth it? Is CR dieting a disorder on it's own? And the bigger questions I ponder ...
Are the people that consciously practice this type of diet and advocate it already disordered and just in denial? and Will any diet requiring you to be overly conscious of the food you're intaking inevitably lead to obsession and illness?