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What Is a Carborexic?

October 27, 2008

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Lately, everyone has been concerned about the planet and with good reason. Many people have started to eat organic, local foods to decrease food miles and to boost their health. Others try to lessen their carbon footprint by recycling, composting or carpooling.

A recent blog post in the US News & World Report suggests that some people are taking their actions to an extreme. The New York Times calls those who are obsessed with shrinking their carbon footprint carborexics. Apparently, dieters come in all shades.

Just like those who are on extreme food diets and cannot go to a friend’s house without bringing their own food, carborexics can’t have anything in their house that isn’t green or organic or may not be able to eat at a relative's house because they don't serve organic food. Most people start a diet to boost their well-being, but if it limits your ability to go out into the world and interact with others it may be doing more harm than good.

If you have recently started a diet, whether it involves healthier eating or greening your house, you may want to be conscious of how it is impacting you and those around you. Is it taking precedence over everything else? Is it getting in the way of your ability to do a good job at work?   Are you on a diet that is affecting your work or your relationships? Are there things you can change to be less strict so you can live more harmoniously with those around you?