Hey I’m a recovering anorexic (used to be orthorexic when it all started but AN took over)
I’m european so my experience is a lot different.
I used to live near Zurich and it feels like EVERYONE is health and weight obsessed there. (Not in a healthy way sadly... even being diagnosed anorexic I could walk around and see so many people thinner than me.... it was the worst)
But at least not as many people eat crap ?
Now I’m in an university town and most people are still very health conscious but not in an obsessive way
Of course my view is skewed because I interact with persons of my own social circle (mostly privileged, white women, or in university medical students.)
Yes many of them eat crap once in a while.
But so do I, since recovering.
I think the problem is that many people do not have a good introception. They put crap into their body because they don’t see the consequences.
Then again most people are raised to like sugary stuff. Take my boyfriend: he‘s addicted to sugar. And our brains are wired to love fatty, sugary shit. The consequence is a sluggish mind and body. Health problems etc. But many people just won’t connect it to their eating habits. Or they’ve become too ingrained, too normal to change them. And too easy... It takes effort to cook and eat healthy.
Even I struggle with cooking and eating healthy. And I’m in a financial situation where I can just buy avocado and eggs and call it a day. But I feel the energy I get from nutritious food, and I can feel my skin itching when I eat shit. I don’t eat a perfect diet. But I eat a fairly okayish one (esp. since I’m quarantined atm :/ and not allowed to leave my 20sqm flat), one that balances between food for my body and food for my soul.
And I believe that is something normal people could strive for. It’s hard to do for many people. It’s the balance between what do I want and what will do me good.
But I believe it is attainable.