Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

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Diet intolerance

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This is a condition suffered by individuals in reaction to logical dietary choices on the part of others, which they the sufferer cannot comprehend.

Symptomology

The condition is characterised by violent knee-jerk reactions to dietary choices that contradict the individual’s existing world-view of what is and is not ‘healthy food’. Scientific and nutritional understanding of the constituents of food and their biochemical impact on the body do not figure in this disorder, which is purely emotional.

‘Healthy food’ is by definition a politically-loaded term that evokes varying reactions in the afflicted individual ranging from disgust, horror, shock, judgementalism, self-punishment, and guilt, through to approval, admiration, and smugness. The afflicted individual does not react based on the taste of the food being judged, for example, revulsion, nausea, salivation, hunger and enjoyment do not figure in this disorder.

Diagnosis

An individual suffering from Diet Intolerance can come from any walk of life and regard any diet as ‘the correct diet’. They can often be identified by their use of the following erroneous and loaded statements:

  • Any diet which cuts out a whole food group is not healthy
  • You should not cut out carbohydrate because your body needs it for energy
  • Cutting out fruit and vegetables means you will miss out on all of those wonderful “phytonutrients” and “antioxidants”
  • Meat makes you aggressive
  • All that fat and cholesterol are going to give you heart disease
  • Fruit is nature’s candy
  • Cutting out this food is unnatural
  • How can you eat that greasy food?
  • Vegetarians are much healthier than meat eaters
  • You should focus on eating a ‘sensible’, ‘healthy’ diet to lose weight, instead of following ‘fads’
  • If we didn’t eat any food that was supposed to be bad for us we would all starve
  • There must be something very wrong with you if you can’t eat a healthy food like that
  • Go on, just a little bit won’t hurt
  • Focussing on diet is not resolving your ’emotional issues’
  • You know this is all in your mind don’t you?

The condition is characterised by judgementalism, patronisation, and sneering. Sufferers typically look down on others as inferior human beings and regard them as being in some way mentally impaired for failing to agree to the sufferer’s terms of what constitutes ‘a healthy diet’. They may:

  • Be prone to judging other’s physiques and finding them lacking
  • Obsess about their own physique
  • Themselves suffer from a real or imagined weight problem or problem with their figure
  • Regard severe restriction, dieting, or self-punishment as admirable
  • Regard the enjoyment of food as a form of gluttony
  • Regard those who are overweight as having ‘no self-control’

Furthermore, sufferers are unable to distinguish between their own choices and other individual’s choices. For example, a sufferer who hears about another’s diet which contradicts their own way of thinking will often assume that the other is judging them for failing to follow a diet identical to their own. The resultant feeling of inadequacy can result in unprovoked attacks against the other’s diet or lifestyle.

Pathology

Many, many individuals suffer from a very mild form of this disorder which manifests as flippant bitchiness, or regarding others as ‘a bit bonkers’. Whilst this is not in itself pathological, it can become so under certain circumstances when the sufferer feels under pressure (real or imagined) to acknowledge that they may not have an ideal diet, figure, weight, personality, or the mental capacity to understand why this may be so, despite their determined efforts to produce perfection.

Treatment

Treatment consists not of pointing out the sufferer’s affliction and inadequacy, but instead focusses on demonstrating to the sufferer that no one else actually cares how much they weigh, what they look like in jeans, or what they like to eat. Once individuals realise that they are not in themselves being judged, they are usually able to stop judging others in return.

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Written by alienrobotgirl

27 July, 2006 at 12:53 pm

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  1. Ha ha, I like it :)Was recently at a BBQ in a France with other brits. The pre-assembled kebab sticks we bought had slices of fat (pork or bacon, wasn’t sure) between the meat and pepper chunks. Everyone was chowing down happily until I pointed out what the white stuff was.*Nobody* ate the fat after that point, despite the fact that they had clearly enjoyed it as part of the kebab. My comment on how the (french) recipe creator obviously knew what [s]he was doing… well, it fell on deaf ears.

    Pete

    30 July, 2006 at 12:48 am

  2. He he – There are many people suffering from this.In real life, and online!

    Lowcarb_dave

    1 August, 2006 at 11:15 pm


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